I serve as a member of our local Economic Development Corporation. The purpose of this Board is to attract business to our area. This Corporation is approached regularly by businesses asking for financial consideration and these businesses are asked to see their business plan. Never has a business or business owner, when asked about their product, replied, "We don't really know what we are supposed to be manufacturing. In fact, most of our employees give conflicting reports of what they're producing." This sort of business would never receive a dime from the Economic Development Corporation!
Yet, many in the church are confused regarding what a disciple is or what he/she is supposed to be doing or producing. Jesus was very clear about what is a Christ-follower's job description. Today's reading in Matthew 28 contains what we know of as the Great Commission. We are to 'make disciples.' That is Jesus' command to His followers. 'Going,' 'baptizing,' and 'teaching (others) to obey all that Jesus commanded' is how disciples are made. Do not miss this....we are to 'live to make Jesus known!' That should be the purpose of our lives!
I love helping others be successful - whether that success is spiritual, financial, social...whatever. But the greatest privilege I have is being a disciple of Jesus and helping others grow in their relationship with Him. We have been called to a lifestyle of discipleship. As Believers our 'business plan' is reaching, growing and equipping others. And our product is disciples of Jesus. Obedience to that command will give one a very Happy Valentines' Day!