The Bottom Line. The Target. The Goal. The Objective. The Finish Line. Net-Net. The Final Analysis. The Last Battle of the War. What is Your Driving Passion? What Gets You Up in the Morning? The Big WHY.
We use a rich set of metaphors to call attention to the Purpose for our plans and our efforts. If you ask collections of 5-Fold ministers about “The Big Why” for their calling, you’re likely to hear something like this:
- Evangelist – it’s all about souls. Jesus came to seek and save the Lost.
- Pastor – it’s all about the Church. Jesus loved the Church and gave his life for her.
- Teacher – it’s all about the word of God. Learn to rightly divide the word of truth and study to show yourself approved, a workman who need not be ashamed.
- Prophet – it’s all about what God is saying now. He who has ears and eyes, let him hear and see what the Spirit is saying.
- Apostle – it’s all about laying the right foundation, casting the right vision, and building the right team. As a wise master builder, I laid a strong foundation.
- Revivalist** – it’s all about the glory. Bring the Kingdom! Heal the Sick. Raise the dead. Cast out demons. Preach the gospel.
- Intercessor** – it’s all about prayer and fasting.
- Worshipper** – it’s all about praise and worship.
** Honorary 5-Fold “Cross-over” category
Of course, if you ask these same leaders – or almost any Christian – “What’s the Great Commission?” – they will immediately answer, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Are you Discipling Nations?
A well known revivalist (and friend) recently revealed his “big aha” about Discipling the Nations. He was being driven to the airport after a set of successful meetings overseas. His host, a national leader, said, “You keep saying that you are discipling nations. I can open this door to our nation. What would you do?” He declared, “Preach the gospel. Heal the Sick. Raise the Dead. Cast out Demons.” His host asked, “Then what?” He had no answer.
I recently met with the Board of a well-regarded school of theology. After they quoted the Great Commission, I asked, “How many nations have been discipled?” They exclaimed, “many, many.” I then asked, “How many nations are doing All that Jesus commanded?” They admitted, “None.”
How do you know?
Will there be a final exam for disciple makers? Imagine with me, that there will be a Final Exam. Imagine that it will go something like this:
Jesus sits on his throne. Two groups of Disciple makers appear before him.
Group 1: Lord, here are the Nations. Judge for yourself how well we did.
Jesus: You nations – Depart from me. Why? You didn’t love one another.
You other nations – come over here. Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you by my Father. Why? You lived the Golden Rule.
Group 2: Lord, we preached the gospel. Healed the sick. Raised the dead. Cast out demons. We did many mighty works in your name.
Jesus: Depart from me. You didn’t teach the Nations to love one another. Your Families, Communities, and Nations did not live the Golden Rule, and neither did you! That’s all the proof anyone needs that I never knew you!
Most messages that I have heard or read about Group 2 stumble over or muddle through a key point. Jesus had just sent out disciples two by two, commanding them “Go into villages. Preach the gospel. Heal the sick. Raise the dead. Cast out demons. Say to them: ‘The Kingdom of God has come near to you’.” And now He’s dismissing those who obeyed because, “I never knew you.” How do you reconcile their obedience to his command, with his harsh judgment on their report?
Can we be caught up in obeying the Word of God and disobey Jesus? Can we be circumspectly involved in Scriptural activity, consistent with our 5-Fold calling and miss the point?
Eschatology is the study of “the last events.” Much study and attention is paid to these things. Teleology is the study of “final outcomes” or “final causes” – that is to say – Purpose. For example, “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” is a teleological statement of ultimate perfection of the individual believer. The 8thMountain – the Chief of the Mountains – is a final cause – or end state – of God’s desire for life on Planet Earth.
About the 8th Mountain
Please notice the activities, methods, processes – that lead to the outcomes stated in Micah 4.1-5, the classic presentation of the 8th Mountain:
It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it,
and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore;
but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.
First, note that people and nations voluntarily come to the mountain, with an expectation that they will learn something that will answer their questions and solve their problems.
Secondly, those who come are not classified as Jews, Christians, or the faithful of any religion. Nor are they forced to “convert” by their visit to the Mountain. The last verse states “For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.
Thirdly, the Mountain prescribes Policies (the Law of the Lord), Personal wisdom (the Word of the Lord) and Proactively enforces them (Judgment of Nations and individuals).
What are the results?
- Justice with equity
- Private property
- Protection from oppression
How do these results compare to the criteria that Jesus uses to separate sheep and goat nations – the RESULTS of our obedience to his command to Disciple Nations?
- Poor, hungry, homeless are cared for
- Powerless are freed from oppression
To me, the outcomes are substantially identical. In both cases; people are living out Leviticus 19.9-18, which concludes with the Second great Commandment “love your neighbor as yourself.”
In fact, you could say that individuals, families, communities, and nations are living the Golden Rule.
Our Big Why
It is easy to gather an audience by declaring a “New Thing” – a strategy, program, activity, anointing, revelation, mantle, thrust or other “what” “who” or “how.” But, the same folks who left another Ministry, career, or job to join yours, will leave yours when another New Thing comes along.
After all, we all have a built in sense of dissatisfaction with being incomplete – and no one wants to waste precious time pursuing the wrong thing. And, we’re never sure if the New thing is the Last thing – only that it is the Next Thing. But, if you get truly clear on your Big Why, everything else comes into focus and lines up.
So, what is KCIA’s Big Why? During the coming months our Board will be working to draft a “Big Why” for your feedback and consideration.
Here is a recent draft of a Big Why that I have personally been working on:
I live to model The Golden Rule and strive to use Apostolic and Prophetic strategies learned on the 8thMountain® to solve hard problems. I seek to invite others to visit the 8thMountain® for themselves. I long for the day when our families, neighborhoods, communities, and nations are safe, healthy, happy, secure, just, and dignified places to live, love, laugh, learn, and grow old together in the Presence of the Lord.
Now you know my Big Why. What is yours?