Strength is nectar to bees. Flies gather and eat the nectar alongside the bees but produce no honey. In addition, flies eat the pollen, and that which is eaten does not pollinate and consequently produces no fruits. Such are disciples of God, followers of men and deceivers of the emerging servants of God. Some drink the nectar and join the well, producing honey; another consumes but bear no fruits, while others aim to destroy the source. Who then is strong enough to make disciples of all nations, producing for all while withstanding the onslaught of the enemy?
Jesus commanded to make disciples of all nations in the following passage.
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 28:19-20 NIV
Why do I have the feeling that I should walk alone with God?
I am unqualified to lead disciples, even myself needing to be led by the Comforter. Without the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, where would I be but in the doldrums of misery? Lost amongst the many false realities spun by the many deceivers in the world.
Still, everyone desiring to enter God’s kingdom needs to keep the command of Jesus. If this is the command, I must keep it, but I must first understand.
The true light
On earth, a few workers tirelessly work day and night for God. They invest everything and have no love for anything else but God. He is their passion, and what brings them joy is working in his service (John 4:32). They drink from the well since nothing else can satisfy them, but only the Spirit who walks with them.
The words of Jesus resonate in my mind, and my heart bleeds for understanding. His words have power beyond anything in this world, and it takes the Comforter to truly understand them.
Just look and see, because his words are not his words.
The Holy Spirit overshadows him (Luke 1:35); thus, Jesus is the similitude of God.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.John 12:49 KJV
Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.John 14:24 NIV
The well of honey, the true light which fills your soul and body, is the Holy Spirit—the same Holy Spirit which overshadowed Jesus. Nevertheless, Jesus said his words are those of the Father and not his.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.John 8:12 KJV
Therefore, the true light is God.
John the Baptist, the greatest of all men on earth (Matthew 11:11), paved the way for Jesus. He was an extraordinary man who God gave an incredible task to accomplish. Yet, his example in the following passage clarifies what it means to make disciples of all nations.
35. Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
36. And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37. And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.John 1:35-37 KJV
John’s disciples were never his own but waiting for the Messiah. The Messiah came in the form of a man, and this is who we all must become disciples of. Thus John the Baptist states this clearly in the following passage.
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.John 3:30 NLT
The Messiah is glorified above all else, as God is exalted. Jesus spoke the words of God and was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, which is given to him without measure—without limits (John 3:34).
I cannot lead you to the kingdom but only point you to God. God leads to his kingdom; nobody else can do it.
We are to make disciples who glorify God the same way Jesus did. Teaching in the name of God and following the example of John the Baptist, we make disciples to serve God and to do his will, not our own.