Discipleship #003 – make disciple …….. not clones

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48)

Talk about “being perfect” or in the context of “perfection” – our initial thoughts can quickly swing to “standard” and “role model”.

With regards to endless debates about “being perfect”, a common disagreement falls back to “standard”, and “by who’s standard”.

Meanwhile people are constantly looking for role models and examples of perfection – to follow after.

 

Question is who do you preferred to be your role model?

 

It’s like going through an identity quest, in search of who we want to be.

Our preferred role model can be some sorts of a self-proclaimed prophesy of our chosen future.

 

Let’s put that in the context of modern day Christian discipleship.

In the context of urban city megachurches and Christian celebrities – an interesting observation –

 

Uniformity in “outlook” – dressing style, hair style, colors, and everything else that make them look alike

 

Was I looking at clones ?????

Please try not to laugh – they look like they all went to the same tailor same hair dresser, picked the same color and style.

 

Jesus said make disciple …….. not clones

 

If God Almighty wanted clones, He would have given Moses a 3-D printer.

But Moses received the Ten Commandments.

 

Did God ever complained about cloning?

I think He did –

You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, (Deuteronomy 4:15-16)

God in his wisdom ensured that the people ‘saw no form of any kind’.

 

The will of God is for us to learn His attributes which transform the inside of us first and foremost, which would be reflected on our outward actions later.

Thus all that is made available for us to know about God is in discovering the character and personality of God.

The teachings and preaching of Jesus is for us to observe and learn the ways of our Father in heaven.

In Jesus’ discourse on the “Sermon on the Mount” the main purpose is in following the examples of our heavenly Father, in thoughts, in attitude and in relationship.

 

The disciples of Jesus in the days of the Gospel carried no explicit images of God but their hearts were impressed by the character of our heavenly Father exemplified through Jesus.

Our impression of God does matters, from our hearts and minds of course.

 

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48)

 

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