“Don’t be a casual Christian, be a dangerous disciple.” -Jon Randles
Dangerous (according to ole Mr. Webster): exposing to or involving danger.
-Danger: exposure or liability to injury, pain, or harm, or loss
Disciple: one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another, i.e. God
What comes to mind when I say dangerous?
Quick sand? The edge of a cliff? Being held at gunpoint?
What about disciple?
Twelve dudes who followed a guy in sandles with long hair around?
Something was brought to my attention last night during our college ministry’s worship service…Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we are instructed to become “Christians”. Acts 11:26 tells us that is was there at Antioch that believers were first called Christians. We are told…no, explicitly instructed to be disciples. We are to spread the word of God and the good news of Jesus Christ, our main man and Savior. Matthew 28:19-20 tells us to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and that we are to teach these new disciples to obey the commands that God has given us. Notice the verbs in that verse-GO, MAKE DISCIPLES, TEACH. Our “duty” so to speak as Christians is to spread Christ’s name and love and to further his Kingdom.
How many of us can honestly say that we tell people about Jesus regularly? I’m talking outside of church, not a “Jesus” environment. Openly, out in public, at work, in class, or at the grocery store, told someone you may or may not have known that someone loves them, died for them and because of that you too love them and want them to experience what you have experienced through this man. I can’t. I’m working on it, but I know I need to step up my game. We are too casual in our Christianity and our discipleship. It’s not the cultural or social norm. It’s weird. It’s different. It oversteps boundaries.
Well guess what, we should be dangerous disciples! Over step those boundaries. Live life on the edge. We are instructed not to be afraid of getting out of our comfort zone. Go talk to that person. Tell someone you’re praying for them. Let them think you’re different. The room should be different when you walk in.
Every week at my college ministry’s worship service, Paradigm, we have the privilege of hearing a man named Jon Randles come speak to us and every time it is a slap in the face, hardcore. Last night he talked about his coined phrase of being a “dangerous disciple” not a “casual Christian”. An example he gave was of Tebow. Tim Tebow just got picked up by the New England Patriots. Know why? Because of his character and who he is. As much as I love Tebow and he is my numba one man crush Monday fo sho, he’s a good football player, but not great. Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots picked him up because of the influence he has as a disciple of Christ. Personally, I am constantly wondering what other’s see in me. The thought haunts me. When people see me, do they see Christ? Does the room change when I walk in because a little sister of Jesus Christ just walked in?
In all honesty, that should be our focus in life. Being a disciple of Christ, learning, living and loving His Word, and in turn be a disciple maker, teaching others to do the same. Acts 2:42 states, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” Devoted. They devoted their lives to telling others about Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:20 states that we are ambassadors for Christ. Mark 8:34-38 describes how you will have to deny yourself and take your cross daily, but reminds us that that is no good to gain the world yet forfeit your soul. This basic message is again repeated in Matthew, Luke and 2 Corinthians. John 8:31-32 tells us that if we hold to Christ’s teaching then we are truly a disciple of Christ and that this truth and knowledge will set us free. Later in John chapter 13 verses 34-35, we are instructed to be God’s disciples by loving others.
Back to the idea of being dangerous. Quick sand? More like staying afloat through Christ’s strength and not getting pulled down in the quick sand of life and society. The edge of a cliff? Stand of the edge, dangle your toes over in His name! Let God’s power be seen in you. If God wants you to jump, well then jump and smile the whole way down because whatever He’s got waiting for you at the bottom must be pretty spectacular for Him to have you going through what you’re going through. Being held at gunpoint? Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but people will “hold you at gunpoint”, trying to put you in your place and try and make you question your own beliefs, but guess what, you have a pretty legit story and personal testimony to share with the world, so go with ya bad self and tell it loud proud.
Philippians 4:13-I can to all things through Christ who gives me strength. That means you! You can do this through the Holy Spirit and what Christ did on cross. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. Let Christ’s love shining through you light up the room wherever you go. You could be that one spark to enter the room that someone needed to see to change their life. We are not casual Christians, we are dangerous disciples-let the sparks fly!