The destination is different from we think because the way that we think is different from the invitation. We want to know to do and do to be good. When we are good, we often believe, then we are approved of. When we are approved of, we are loved.
It’s totally opposite of that, however. It’s completely upside down and backwards from what we are inclined to believe. Take the same formula and reverse it.
- We are loved
- We are approved of
- From that security, we will do good.
- In the doing, we will learn by seeing the Kingdom and being part of it.
In Matthew 11, we have seen that Jesus didn’t come to burden people, but to bring them rest as I wrote about a couple of blogs ago. Then, in my last blog I continued from that to point out that Jesus wasn’t inviting people into knowledge about God but relationship with God. Jesus was, in fact, a teacher, but His teaching was inside out and not outside in.
““I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children . . . All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matthew 11:25, 27)
If we’ll allow ourselves to be children in our understanding, He’ll reveal to us our place with the Father and in His love. We’ll know what we didn’t know when we choose not to make what we know the thing that we work from. Jesus shows us the thing that He wants to “teach” us first and foremost in verse 27 . . . it’s the love of the Father.
A facilitator, by definition, makes it easier for another. Jesus invites others into an easier burden and lighter yoke. That easier burden and lighter yoke is a connection to true love, which affirms our identity as sons and we start to do from who we are and not the striving of one that wants to earn love and approval.
Jesus, the teacher, had disciples, or students, to facilitate a connection to the Father and release them to go and facilitate the same for others. Discipleship is following Jesus and knowing the Father. From relationship, we will know things different as Holy Spirit reveals the Kingdom day-to-day in our walking with them.
Want to fulfill the Great Commission and make disciples? Walk in who you are. Walk as a son in the love of the Father through the grace of Jesus and empowered by Holy Spirit to learn of the Kingdom as you walk in His love. Then invite others to come with you by the testimony of your life. You’ll make it easier for them if you accept that it’s easy for you. You’ll facilitate their destiny.