Sunday, 16th June 2019 [Father’s Day]
- Jonah 1:1-12
- Acts 9:3-5, 8-16
- Matthew 28:16-20
Hymn of meditation: PH 336
Word eternal, Great God,
You were hidden from us,
You remained so mute.
From the fall of Adam,
You have not departed,
The Word has remained.
This same Word is living Word,
In this Word there is great freedom,
We have life from this Word.
Today is being celebrated as Father’s Day worldwide. On behalf of session, I want to wish all men a happy Father’s Day. This day is also celebrated as Men’s Sunday and Trinity Sunday in the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
On this august occasion, the theme for our meditation is “Go and make disciples of all nations: that the Presbyterian men will go with the word”
The call to go and make disciples is not a call to everyone. It is a call to anyone who has accepted Christ as his or her Lord and personal saviour and is living as a disciple of Christ.
A disciple of Christ, as we have said before, is simply a student of Christ, an apprentice of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus the Christ; learning of Him and desiring on a daily basis to be like the Him.
- We are to go and make disciples of all nations – the mandate is to make disciples.
- We can only make disciples for the Lord using the Word of God. The Word of the good news that salvation can only be found in Christ Jesus. (John 3:16)
- The Word is very important because the Christian life is a life of faith. The writer of the book of Hebrews says it vividly…
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him”. (Hebrews 11:6)
THE WORD AS PART OF THE MANDATE
And this faith comes from the word of God “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”
It is only through the word of Christ that we can carry out the mandate to make disciples of the Lord. So, let us go with the Word; only the word and nothing else.
THE ERA WE ARE IN
We are in an era that Paul talked to Timothy about; An era where people will not put up with true teaching which is the word of God (the true word) but rather love to listen to myths and stories.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
THE CHOICE IS OURS
We can refuse to go and give excuses like Jonah or be obedient as Ananias. They both had reasons not to obey the call to go but they both responded differently. We may also have our reasons for not heeding to the call…>>
He prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
- Fear of the unknown.
- Lack of adequate knowledge of the Word.
- The person not worthy of the mercies of God.
- Too busy to share the Gospel with anyone.
As genuine as these may seem to us, however, I will urge us all to be as obedient as Ananias to the clarion call to go out there to make disciples and to go with nothing but the Word of God.
Whether we are obedient or not, the command still stands and the expectation is still valid.
Your encounter may not be like that of Paul and Jonah or Ananias, but we have also been called to go and make disciples.
Let us be obedient to this clarion call and remember that we can only be successful in this call if we go with the true Word of God.