The core of Christ’s command for His church to “make disciples” can be summarized by three action verbs: Discover, Connect, and Serve. These words are so simple to understand, yet complex and difficult to actually follow through. This goes deeper than four walls and a roof. This is not the church as a building or the church as an organization. This is the Church as the body of Christ; the Church as it is made up by individual believers. We cannot skate by in life, not understanding what the Church does or how it functions, because we are the Church. Which brings me back to those three little words. How do they apply to us as followers of Christ?
Discover is the lifetime pursuit to know our amazing Creator. It’s learning from teachers and scholars and pastors. Discovering is the act of reading your bible and cultivating a life of prayer and obedience. More than the mere search for knowledge, this pursuit is a desire for a personal relationship with God through Christ, His son. Deuteronomy 4:29 states “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Paul told the Athenians in Acts 17:26-28 “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being as even some of your own poets have said, For we are indeed his offspring.’”
There are so many Scripture verses regarding us seeking after Him. We were made for a life of discovery and worship to our King, and through Christ, we have salvation, we have the way back to God.
While Discover points to our relationship with God, Connect is our relationship with fellow believers. Scripture is clear on this as well. From the beginning of Genesis in the creation of Adam and Eve, God made us for relationships with others. Paul’s letters are proof of the beautiful fellowship he had with his brothers and sisters in Christ. Connect is the act of teaching and admonishing one another. Connect is bonding with those around us in the joy of Christ. My favorite thing on Sunday is to step back and watch everyone working and fellowshipping together. People from different walks in life, from different backgrounds and hardships, fitting like an intricate puzzle, with Christ at the center. The bond we have is amazing and should never be forgotten.
Lastly, we are called to Serve. This is our relationship to the world around us. We have not been called to hide from the world, but to be “the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:13). The world is a messy place, often broken and dark. There is so much hurt and pain. Serve is the act of reaching out to the needy. It’s the act of reminding the world that it needn’t be so dark. The people you meet everyday are looking for a savior. We know the answer. Our light reflects back to the true Light, we just have to light it shine bright.
If any of these three words or actions are confusing, don’t hesitate to ask the believers or pastors around you. We are not alone in this world. We have more opportunity to discover, connect, and serve than ever before, what are we waiting for?