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.
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 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.