“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 28:19 NLT
The site – poets.org – defines a Japanese haiku as “a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count; Often focusing on images from nature, it emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness”.
Matthew 28:19 is Jesus’s commandment to His 12 disciples to go and make other disciples around the globe. When I think of this awesome opportunity, Peter and the other disciples servitude comes to mind. This week’s haiku is dedicated to those 12 ordinary men.
As we celebrate this Resurrection season, which some refer to as Easter, I encourage you to remember that God loved us so very much, that He sent His one and only son to the cross on our behalf. Imagine for a moment that if you were the only person on earth, Jesus would have died for you – because He loves you that much.
The great news is, His enemies buried Him, but He rose on the 3rd day! I do not know about you, but I am so glad He did. Before He ascended into Heaven, He charged these 12 ordinary men to do His extra-ordinary work in Matthew 28:19 by basically spreading out amongst the world and making clones of themselves – by teaching others the character of Jesus and how and why it is important to live in relationship with Him.
The same holds true today. However, before you can make a disciple, you must first become a disciple. And I am not talking about joining a church just to join a church. I am talking about walking in relationship with Jesus, and allowing Him to guide your life daily. When you do that, discipleship training begins and you will live that abundant life that the bible speaks of.
If for some reason, you are thinking, well, I do not really get this Jesus stuff – no pressure. But I do encourage you in your quiet time to respond to these three questions: How are you living so far? Are you at peace with your life? Are you spinning, metaphorically, in circles, and ending up at the same place every time?
Allow Peter’s Haiku to seep within your soul and ponder whether your life is one of true discipleship or are you just going through the motions of believing without any action. Visit on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 for the poetic expression – Peter’s Haiku. Ubuntu
Written by Angela M. Riddick and edited by Grace M. Brown. All material posted by Poetic Mustard Seeds is protected by copyright.