What’s on your mind?


Everytime I add a new post those are the words I see in the template: “What’s on your mind?”

Well this morning what is on my mind is the power of words. The power of words which are universal, and assumed power of words which are not. Like “sacred cow” might or might not be a universal. And maybe this particular post will be seen as attacking one those sacred cows. As with everything in these many posts, I hope I am discerning his guidance, his words and his love as I type this morning’s post. I so hope I am retaining a respect for the sacredness of others. There are some whose words I read daily – and love – who may see this post as divisive. That is not ever my intention. So with a quiet prayer I am hearing correctly, here goes …

A lot of phrases are universal:

a) I love you.
b) …
c) …

And then I ran out. Most others depend on context, on tone, on relationship:

“I hate you” – ever heard that said playfully? Or maybe just out of sheer frustration? Or from a young child? As well as with absolute venom.

“Make Disciples” – is not a universal. And I get a sense that I am in a very small minority of those who see that “command” that way.

Juts like let’s make love. Or lets make out. Or let’s make widgets. Or let’s make time. Or let’s make anything else that we use that word for. Gonna make you mine. Make time for me. Kiss and make up. Don’t make me mad. Are you making fun of me. Make it or break it.

Make. It is not universal. (disciples is not a universal either).

Jesus might have commanded us to make disciples.

He commanded lots of things: Mark 10
Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” 21 (half of)
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” 52 (half of)
“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 9 (whole thing)
“make disciples” Matthew 28:18 (one tenth of)

Make widgets
Make time
Make love
Make over

Make is not universal Love is.

The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 (with editor’s addition of Great Commission)

Now I may be way off limits here. Yet no matter how I look at this the lord tugs me back and back and back to this same thing.

Not because “making disciples is wrong”, nor because making disciples is our invention. Simply because “make” and “disciples” are:

a) not universally the same meaning
b) just two words out of a very big bible
c) one “command” amongst many other utterances by Jesus almost every time he spoke for three years
d) because the sacredness of every life on this planet is sacrosanct
e) because if we screw this bit up we screw up everything

And one final reason: “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mark 10:31 (whole thing) Also means to me, those that come to the lord first are not always the ones with the answer to everything.

This may well irritate. This may well offend. It may “make you mad.” And I may well be very very wrong. Or perhaps one of the reasons we wring our hands and talk of the lost world is because we talk a language Jesus didn’t. We talk our own form of “church speak.” Just like any organisation does over time.

Well folks, there is whole comedy industry built on “management speak.” there is a daily blog I follow based on Dilbert. Which every day picks under “management speak “ to roars of laughter.

So if we were to take the management speak out of the Lord’s FINAL command after many many others – what might it sound like?

It might sound like “I am of I am – we all are of I am” ….

And when it was time to part in the flesh, they all came together. When the disciples saw him they fell to the ground and worshipped. Yet some still doubted it was He. Then Jesus lifted them up and spoke, “I am of I am, and you are of I am. Love my creation with Love. Show them Grace. My Grace. Lovingly submerge my sacred creations in Love. Let them lovingly submerge themselves in my sacred Love and find me. Yet stay with them, as family, teach them, let them teach you, share everything. Because I am of I am – just as you all are of I am. Together. Always.”

Isn’t “We do – God works” closer to the spirit of this final command? That is we “do as he did”, and leave the “making” – the “product” of the doing/being – something He looks after (if we do it right)?

Let’s not always use the one word “make” – let’s swim together in His eternal Love. Splash around and have fun. Lets share the love, the fun and the universality for everyone. Let’s not make anything for ourselves in Heaven. Let’s share his Grace. Let’s be of I am. Just as he commanded. When he left us his final wishes.

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19 thoughts on “What’s on your mind?

  1. Ok…I’m gonna have a bit of fun here. I’ve not read your post yet but am gonna right ‘What’s on my mind’ this morning before i do as I just had a thought about ten minutes ago and thought to myself…”perhaps I should just write that?” But then thought…”tis too small”. So thanks for unknowingly giving me a platform….

    — If the Church spent as much time, effort, energy, money, thought, on loving each other, how different it would be?!!!! How changed we would be?! And I mean real effort. Proactive effort. Purposed effort. Sacrificial effort. How different we would be!! (enter wistful gaze here…) —

    Now I gotta go to work but will read your post later, of which I’m sure it will be at precisely the right time that God always intended I read it! :))

    Mmmmm..Do I now get the award for most creative and random comment that is not associated to anything you actually wrote about?? Ha ha :))

  2. Well hopefully this doesn’t put me in the wrong boat, but I did read your whole post and enjoyed it I might add 😉

    Your post reminded me of the verse “a sheep without a shepherd” ,

    So obviously I agree with you about Christians having their own ‘church speak” here in the States we call it “Christianese” (like Japanese, Chinese, etc.)

    And I believe many (many, many, many) of the problems we see within Christendom is due to all of these Christians wandering around the world without a shepherd…. due to lack of discipleship.

    At whatever point in Church history they decide that discipleship is merely something that occurs on during Sunday mass…. it was at that point when the laity became a flock of sheep wandering around shepherd-less; like a bunch of chickens with their heads chopped off.

    I get these emails and comments from Christians that are simply out-of-line with nastiness and rudeness and I wonder; why would they act this way because Jesus wouldn’t act that way….. and the only explanation is that although they believe in Jesus…. they aren’t being shepherded by him.

    —–) One can believe in Jesus
    —–) One can believe in God
    —–) One can believe in Salvation
    Yet none of that means you are actually being shepherded or to use the term in your post; being discipled.

    Pastors, priests, church leaders, are simply spending too much time behind closed doors, going to meetings, and preparing sermons…. and not enough time allowing their laity to see them working with the poor, working with single mothers, doing the work of Jesus…….

    And so Christianity becomes nothing more than an intellectual exercise for the average Christian. They think, “oh, being a Christian is all about thinking about what I believe, and thinking about what other people are believing incorrectly”

    Yet being a Christian is so much more simple than that; its having the childlike faith of a child…. and then reaching out and serving those in need, “Pure and undefiled religion is…..”

    So lack of discipleship is my conclusion regarding a major problem within the church.

    • Kenneth, you are getting the juices going here (in a good way). Day job workload says come back to this. And my brain has words squeezing in from all directions.

      Watch this space – you have sparked something with your lovely words. Thank you.

  3. Paul i get it. It took me two reads and ill admit the first was with my little baby friend climbing on me. But yes i see. We are not making anything. It already exists !! We are sharing it introducing it to others reveling in it. Awesome Paul.

    But i really do make the best chocolate cake on this earth. Tell Mrs. Paul she can have the recipe. ❤

    • “We are not making anything. It already exists !! We are sharing it introducing it to others reveling in it.”

      Please can I have your brain? Perlease???? Katie that has blown me away!! I said to Kenneth (above) that work is top priority right now. But you have just exploded my brain with that – I will be back!

      (and yes please to the best ever recipe! Oh so very yes please!! 🙂

  4. I actually do believe that the “loving and making” are two of the most important instructions He left; no doubt about it. Are we in breach of neglecting it at times? Big time. I do believe you can teach an old dog new tricks. W

    • VW – Funny old post today. Seems to have stirred an amount of “stuff.” And has begun a really potent brew in my heart. Loving I am wholeheartedly with you. Making I still ponder over. Your words have been instrumental in nudging me to this point. This old dog is not learning new tricks, it seems as though this old dog is learning it is not about tricks. And finding the vacuum of “knowledge” filled with something far greater. The journey continues!

  5. Because we are of the Father, we, like Him, are creators. But unlike our Father, we don’t create anything from nothing. He has given us an endless canvas and the necessary tools to create more beauty from the original beauty. But nothing could possibly touch the Original. We are all merely creating “forgeries” for God is The Artist upon whose art we feebly attempt to emulate. We see Van Gogh and Klimt and stare in wonder at their use of lines and color. We hear Bach and feel the power of a single note’s decrescendo. But God created Van Gogh, Klimt, and Bach. We yearn to express the inner desires of our hearts to Him, to show Him we are grateful He created, and that He created us to create.

    • Heather – oh to be inside your head! Your words are music. A fully formed orchestra complete with conductor. I am in awe! The small detail in your symphony playing a solo to me is “we don’t create anything from nothing” phrase. KatieB (above) said the same thing in different words.

      And that is stirring something deep down. It seems to fit with sacred. It seems to fit with one-ness. It seems it fit with “not making” but forming. Weird day today! Your words tease something connected to something else and connected to the whole.

      Beautiful!

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