It was the tradition of ancient near-eastern kings to put statues or images of themselves in their kingdom to let others know that the territory was theirs. The image was made after the king to let others know that not only was this his land, but that he ruled this people. Mankind is made in the image of God. We live and move and have our being as these image bearers. We represent God in all that we do. While we are at work, when we play and even when we sleep. As Christians we are seeking to be continually refined in the image of Christ because after the fall the image of God that we bear became distorted because of our sin. All that we do as Christians can be a testament to the God that we serve. We are also called to make disciples of the nations. As the kingdom of God extends over all of the earth we are called to play a role in its extension. The role that we play is by proclaiming the good news to others and pointing them to our King, the Lord Jesus Christ.
One issue is that we are still sinners and we do not always seek to make disciples for Christ, but we seek to make disciples after our own image. This can often be at the heart of the problem in our frustration with others. Without using these words we can think of others in the way we need to fix them. However, instead of fixing them we turn them into replicates of ourselves. The only way to combat this is to turn others to Christ. Wether it is a unbeliever or a believer we do not want to gather a group of followers following us, but we want people following Christ. True change comes from people who are in contact with the God of the universe. We may need to repent of how we have tried to fix others and we can turn to Christ ourselves seeking to serve him in making disciples of the nations for His glory and not ours.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:1-13
Sermon: Enduring Ministry: Making Disciples