It’s All About the Destination

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How do you take common working-class young people and make them true Christlike leaders? How do you take people who live for all kinds of selfish reasons and mold them into sacrificial leaders? How do you take people who only know how to use financial, positional or social power to accomplish their purposes and turn them into people who use the power of being a servant? How do you take people who live by religious activity and obligations and turn them into people who live for Jesus? How do you take people bound by the perspective of the here and now and make them into world-changing people who live with the end in mind?

How? Jesus shows us how.

Most of us live as though this life is all there is. Yes, heaven is in our future, but is that all there is? Jesus focused the twelve on realities of the future and the fact that they will be evaluated and rewarded. Jesus taught that rewards are a significant motivation.

Esteem and accolades are rewards for those who practice their righteousness to be noticed by people. Those who seek this reward have no reward from the Father (Matt. 6:1). Leaders, financial givers, and prayers who live to be honored by others have their reward in full in this life. But those who know that the Father sees what is done in secret operate differently. They lead, live, give, and pray with the end in mind, knowing that One really knows what is going on in their hearts.

Maranatha,

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Proclamation

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The Twelve asked Jesus about the future. He gave them a quick overview. (Matt. 24:9-12)

  1. He said there will be many false Christs.
  2. Followers of Jesus will be delivered up to tribulation and put to death.
  3. Believers will be hated by all nations on account of Jesus’ name.
  4. Many will fall away and betray one another.
  5. Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
  6. Because lawlessness increases, the love of many will grow cold.

Then Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt. 24:14)

Our future is bright because we will be with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords for all eternity. But in the meantime, things as Paul said will proceed from bad to worse (2 Tim. 3).

What do we do? Jesus said it – endure and persevere (Matt. 24:13). We can also facilitate and participate in what He says will happen before he returns – the gospel of the Kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole world. In MentorLink, we seek to do our part. That is why we spend so much time and effort developing leaders, who multiply leaders, who multiply leaders … who disciple believers, who disciple believers … who carry the gospel of the Kingdom to those near them.

Every one of us has a part. Take a minute to reflect on this passage in Matthew 24. Ask the Lord what part He wants you to play.

Maranatha

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Fruit

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Leaders influence and lead ministries. How is effectiveness to be discerned?

The Pharisees asked Jesus to defend His actions and authority. They saw fruit of the Kingdom but rejected what they saw because “they” not “He” were in charge and “they” knew what was right. They relied on their positional and organizational authority to validate their authority.

But Jesus, as He always does, defined Kingdom leadership from a Kingdom point of view. Kingdom leadership produces a kind of fruit that represents the Kingdom. Positional and organizational leadership, even religious, can produce a different kind.

“Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.” (Matt. 21:43)

Jesus is not in the business of protecting human leadership organizations or structures. He is in the business of Kingdom fruit. This is what he wants from us as individuals, churches and ministry organizations.

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” (John 15:16)

Take a few minutes to reflect on the ministries you are connected with. What fruit is represented from their efforts? Does this fruit reflect Jesus’ Kingdom?

Think about your own life. How is Kingdom fruit reflected in your life and ministry?

Maranatha

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Lavish Rewards

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A rich young ruler wanted to know how to invest his life. After some dialogue, “Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Matt. 19:21-22)

The Twelve were shocked. “Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?”

“Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matt. 19:27-28)

Unbelievable! The Twelve would sit on thrones in the new world judging the twelve tribes of Israel. What little cost to leave everything for this unbelievable reward and responsibility.

Jesus goes on to say, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.” (Matt. 19:29)

This is an amazing passage. It provides great comfort and guidance for those who give resources for Kingdom causes and who sacrifice time and goals for the King.

Nothing we “give up” for the King will be unrewarding. On the contrary, we will be overwhelmed with the lavish rewards for our sacrifices.

Take a few minutes to reflect on this passage. What does the Spirit bring to your mind? What does the King want you to do for Him?

Maranatha

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