The Solution is More and Better Disciples…
These are frightening times. Daily we hear of violence, death, and upheaval. Bad is called good and good is called bad. The home is no longer a place of security where father and mother train up children. People and offices we once trusted to lead us have been exposed. Children are abducted from public places. Shall we go on?
I know each issue is unique, every person involved is different. Yet, Jesus’ solution to all these problems is the same: we need to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. You may say, “How would that stop ____________?” Let’s remember that violence is caused by people. Moral corruption is caused by people. The decline of families is caused by people. Institutions or authorities without character is caused by people. Evil is caused by people. “For everyone has sinned, we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23 NLT). People are sinners.
So if all of these problems are caused by sinful people, then changing programs or laws or structures without changing sinful people is really a waste of time. The world will only be different if the people in the world are different. How do sinful people change? By becoming disciples of Jesus and being changed by Jesus to be more like Jesus.
If violent people become disciples of Jesus they will become loving. If morally corrupt people become disciples of Jesus they will become holy. If spouses/parents become disciples of Jesus they will become family builders. If people in power become disciples of Jesus they will become servants. If people who abduct children become disciples of Jesus they will become child protectors. Disciples of Jesus are changed by Jesus to be more like Jesus. If people are more like Jesus, the world will get better. We just need more and better disciples of Jesus Christ.