May 10, 2012 by Chris French
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about purpose. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have a list of things to do the next day (a purpose) I kind of walk around aimlessly playing on facebook. Purposes are important! They give us direction. We need direction or we’ll just walk around hoping to get somewhere nice. Say for example you were about to go on a vacation to South Dakota. Before I left I’d plug the address into my GPS so I’ve got a route planned out to get me to South Dakota. What would happen if I didn’t use the GPS and threw the maps out the window? I wouldn’t get where I was going! Purpose gives us a direction to shoot at.
Our purpose in the Bethel Student Ministry is to make disciples who make much out of God.
Maybe you don’t understand what we mean by that statement. Let me explain. We want to make disciples. You can be the best person this world has ever seen, but if you’re not Jesus’ disciple all your good actions don’t mean a thing. You can even be a baptized believer, but if you’re not a true disciple your faith doesn’t mean anything. There’s going to be a lot of people on the Day of Judgment who did good things because they believed in Jesus, but they weren’t true disciples so Jesus never knew them (Matt. 7.21-23). You need to put the spiritual disciplines into play in your life. You need to surround yourself with people who are more faithful disciples than you are. You need to find a mentor who is where you want to be spiritually. You need to be constantly learning, growing and teaching. You need a ministry of your own that plays to your talents. We want to make disciples in our student ministry.
Being a true disciple even doesn’t matter that much if you believe you’ve accomplished all the great things in your life. If I believe I’m the central player in someone else’s conversion or my actions caused this good thing to happen to me I’m far off base. We want to make disciples who bring glory to God. That’s my purpose in life. Contrary to the way I act sometimes my job here is to bring glory to Him, not myself. Once I realize that He has done everything I can point at the good things in my life, the awesome things He’s accomplished thru me, and attribute them to His grace and mercy. Disciples that want the glory for themselves aren’t true disciples at all! Our purpose in the Bethel Student Ministry is to make disciples who make much of God.