Excerpt: The Kingdom of God on earth hinges on two pillars: its ultimate goal of global discipleship and its core purpose of divine love. Where Love Leads and Discipleship Follows and that is the Confluence of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
Have you ever paused and pondered about life's most profound objectives? It might sound like a riddle, but the answer is wrapped up beautifully in a biblical package. The Bible's pages, soaked with wisdom, distinguish between purpose and goal, especially when it comes to understanding the Kingdom of God.
The Genesis of the Great Commission:
The great commandment (divine love) paved the way for the Great Commission. When John articulates, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," he's presenting a testament of a love so profound that it seeks to encompass every soul in its embrace.
The Crown Jewel: Humanity's Soul
Ever heard the saying, "A human soul is worth the weight of the world?" It’s not far off the mark when you consider God's perspective. The soul, in His eyes, is the crème de la crème, the priceless pearl. No wonder He sent His only Son to ensure these souls find their way back home.
The Goal: A Worldwide Discipleship (The Great Commission)
> "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you." - Matt 28:18-20
Talk about a mammoth mission! This isn’t just a mere directive from earthly authority; Jesus said, "all authority on heaven and earth has been given to me". It is an all-encompassing order that aims to weave the world under the dominion of God's Kingdom. And guess what? This isn’t a solo journey. As the scripture reveals, *“lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”* It's as if God is saying, "You're not in this alone, pal!"
The Purpose: Unadulterated, Unwavering Love (The Great Commandment)
> "This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you." - John 15:12
Here's where the rubber meets the road. Without this core purpose, the goal might appear to be dominating. It's love that infuses life and meaning into the grand goal. It’s like having a heart without a beat. Can you imagine a scenario where we all are disciples, but devoid of love? That's like a symphony missing its keynotes.
Wrapping Up: The Symbiosis of Purpose and Goal
The Great Commission and the Great Commandment are not isolated doctrines. They are synchronously linked, with love providing the foundation and discipleship building upon it. As believers, embracing both these pillars transforms us into torchbearers, illuminating the world with God's love and vision by His Holy Spirit.