The Mandate and the Motive

Jesus’ last commandment, “Disciple all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) sets the agenda for missional living in the 21st century. This forum creates an occasion to discuss the implications of this mandate for every true believer of Jesus Christ.

I suppose this would be a good place to define what I mean by “missional”.  This is a newer term that focused attention on being purposeful or intentional in pleasing God. There are at least two aspects dimensions of pleasing God. The first has to do with our relationship with God. It pleases God when we thank him, honor him, worship him, love him and obey him. Let’s call this the vertical dimension. It also please God when we love others and serve them. Let’s call this the horizontal dimension.   Both of these dimensions must be present for fruitful living..

Jesus pointed out the importance of these two dimensions when he was asked, “What is the Greatest Commandment?”  “He responded, ‘You shall love the Lord your  God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.’ And a second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”  So here we see the true motive for obeying the missional mandate is,  first, love for the Master, then for others.  Without love, just about all that we do will probably be empty and worthless.

So let’s get off on the right foot, so to speak, by today focusing on loving Jesus and loving others.


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