Jesus said: ‘Do Business Till I Come’

The Process of Discipleship

When we believed God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him will have everlasting life,[i] we were saved from eternal death. We now know God, love God, and want to serve God! We believe the word of God became flesh and lived among us as Jesus the Christ, the Son of God.[ii] We know He was crucified, buried, arose, returned, and ascended to sit at the right hand side of God. We have repented, were forgiven and baptized by the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.[iii] We have been reborn and now start our process of being a Christian, which is doing Christ’s business until He returns.

God’s Tools of the Trade!

When Christ ascended to sit at the right hand side of God he gave us an Advocate, the Holy Spirit of God, to teach us all things.[iv] The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth and will even tell us the future of things to come. He works to glorify Christ and will take what is Christ’s and declare it to us.[v] This enables the Spirit of truth[vi] to help us in our weaknesses because the spirit makes intercession for us. He reaches out and searches the hearts of man and intervenes on our behalf according to the will of God.[vii] He is the Spirit of Christ. [viii]

The Spirit of Christ convicts the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because the world, does not believe in Christ.[ix] The Spirit of truth proceeds from the Word of God and testifies to the truth of Christ and directs Christians to bear witness.[x] This command is accomplished by Christians verbally witnessing the truth of Christ into the world so the Holy Spirit can turn the darkness of humankind toward the light of Christ.[xi]

Now we have become friends of God and no longer servants because through the Holy Spirit of God we know what God is doing.[xii] We have received the power of the Holy Spirit to counsel and work through us, and the command to be Christ’s witnesses to the ends of the earth.[xiii]

Please note: The Holy Spirit’s counsel is not advice, but authoritative plans and decisions. For the Spirit of the Lord gives us wisdom and understanding, counsel and might with the knowledge and total reverence of God.[xiv] When we speak the word of God into darkness, we know the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, and there is no creature hidden from His sight.[xv] Nor can they escape the influence of the Spirit of Christ, which God uses through us to be used as He elects.

Christ’s sacrifice, the act of propitiation, the voluntary shedding of His blood on the Cross, has made us into new creatures, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. We, who have been reconciled to God, have the privilege of witnessing to others.  Our unshakable belief in Jesus counts as Christ’s righteousness and enables us to be righteous. The word of reconciliation has been entrusted to us as Christ’s ambassadors to tell all people that God wants to restore you to a relationship with Himself. [xvi]

Ambassadors of Christ are more than mere messengers. We are representatives of the sovereign God who is sending us into the world to make Disciples of all nations[xvii] as though God were pleading through us. [xviii]  He is sending us as Christ’s emissaries to govern[xix] and maintain peace because the world is in rebellion against Him. We have been given the Gospel, the message of peace and reconciliation, to implore people to be reconciled, and listen to the forgiving voice of their creator. Although we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the difference between the world’s warfare--which is carnal--and ours, is vast. We war with godly action by boldly speaking the word of God. We have been given the power to speak God’s truth so the Holy Spirit can pull down strongholds, cast down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.[xx]

Speak the Simplicity of Christ!

We are to speak the plain and simple truth of Christ. We are to make His truth easy to understand by those who truly seek a relationship with Christ. Christianity is not a creed or worldly ideology, it is a personal relationship with Christ. It is believing and living in the person of Christ while totally respecting His counsel through the Holy Spirit of God. Therefore, we must read and become knowledgeable of the Gospel, the word of God to strengthen our relationship with Christ, whose spirit gives us the wisdom to be His Disciples.

There are many dangers that can destroy our relationship with Christ. We constantly face the distractions of focusing on the things about Christ, and not Christ, or fear the unknown that keeps us from fearing God.  This is why Paul cautioned. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy...”[xxi]  Evil’s deception begins with our believing good is evil and evil is good.[xxii] This morphs into self-worship and becomes a vicious cycle destroying our relationship with Christ. Our relationship with Christ must be the most important part of our everyday Christian walk. Christ said, “Whoever does not gather with Me scatters.”[xxiii]  We also know we all will “…appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what they have done, whether good or bad.”[xxiv] 

Therefore we must be proficient in the Gospel, ready in season and out of season to speak the word of truth. This is to convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching[xxv] the world around us. Christians have to realize, without our human voice speaking God’s truth into the public square there is no other voice speaking God’s truth into darkness.

The World Will Hate Christians!

           Christ said, “The world hates you, and you know it hated Me before it hated you. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, this is why the world hates you.” Then He cautioned us by saying, “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”[xxvi] This is a price of discipleship, and the price we need to gladly pay.

           However, Jesus said, “We are blessed if persecuted, and reviled falsely for righteousness sake, for ours is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven…”[xxvii]

How Do We Withstand Evil?

Christians, we put on the full armor of God to withstand evil, and having done everything, to stand. Withstand means to oppose with firm determination. Therefore, we gird our waist with truth, then put on the breastplate of righteousness, and shod our feet with reading the gospel of peace. Then we take the shield of faith and put on the helmet of salvation, and then take God’s offensive weapon, the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God; while praying in the spirit, we boldly make known the mystery of the gospel, for we are Christ’s ambassadors![xxviii]

Our Faith Will Be Tested!

In the parable of the barren fig tree Christ relates that Christians will have time to bear fruit.[xxix] In the parable of the ten minas He gave each of his servants the means to produce for their master and the instruction to “do business till I come.” One of the servants refused to do his Lord’s business until He returned, and kept the means to produce--the gift--hidden from sight.  His Lord said to him, “and out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant.”[xxx]

In the parable of the talents the servant who had received the gift--the means--also hid his talent in the ground. His Lord called him a wicked and lazy servant who knew that his Lord reaps where He has not sown, and gathers where He has not scattered seed. The Lord then directed the unprofitable servant to be cast into the outer darkness.[xxxi] This is why Christ said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”[xxxii] There is no middle ground between loving and serving our Lord or being His enemy. There is only the time it takes us to bear fruit.

These tests of faith prove that giving our lives to Christ is not to be taken lightly. This is the most serious commitment we can make in our lifetime. It is a commitment between ourselves and our Savior Jesus the Christ. We are, so to speak, only able to agree to this commitment because of the blood that Christ shed on the Cross to give us the liberty to be reconciled to God, and join Christ into everlasting life.

Review: “Do Business Till I Come!”

Disciples of Christ[xxxiii] know Christ is the vine and we are the branches. We abide in Him and He abides in us, for we can do nothing without Him. We have received the power to bring the presence of the Holy Spirit to others[xxxiv] so people can come upon the Lord to be saved.[xxxv] This enables disciples to speak Christ’s truth into darkness that gives people living in darkness the liberty to know Christ.[xxxvi] Thus disciples are called to speak the power of God’s light into darkness so the Holy Spirit can turn people from darkness to light.[xxxvii]

           Hence, as Christ’s peacemakers,[xxxviii] our goal is to mobilize Christ’s truth and take it into battle. [xxxix], [xl] This makes our life in Christ daring and rewarding because this is where all things impossible become possible with God. [xli],[xlii], [xliii]

Therefore, now is the time to invest our talents, works, and resources to do Christ’s business until He comes, which is to make disciples of all nations[xliv] for the Glory of God.

From personal experience, this is the most exciting and rewarding way to live.  It is a real, and true life!  The life our loving Father wants all of us to experience!

David Howard, Foxhole Ministry Billings, Montana

[i] John 3:16

[ii] John 1:1-5

[iii] Acts 2:38

[iv] John 14:26

[v] John 16:13-15

[vi] John 14:17

[vii] Romans8:26-27

[viii] Romans 8:9

[ix] John 16:8-14

[x] John 15:26-27

[xi] Acts 26:18

[xii] John 15:14-17

[xiii] Act 1:8

[xiv] Isaiah 11:2

[xv] Hebrews 4:12-13

[xvi] Acts 1:8 & Romans 5:8

[xvii] Matthew 28:19-20

[xviii] 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

[xix] Genesis 1:26

[xx] 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

[xxi] Colossians 2:8

[xxii] Isaiah 5:20

[xxiii] Matthew 12:30

[xxiv] 2 Corinthians 5:10

[xxv] 2 Timothy 4:2

[xxvi] John 15:18-23

[xxvii] Matthew 5:10-12

[xxviii] Ephesians 6:10-20

[xxix] Luke 13:6-9

[xxx] Luke 19:12-27

[xxxi] Matthew 25:14-30

[xxxii] Matthew 12:30

[xxxiii] John 15:5-8

[xxxiv] Acts 1:8

[xxxv] John 14:26

[xxxvi] Luke 4:18-19

[xxxvii] Acts 26:18

[xxxviii] Matthew 5:9

[xxxix] Matt 5:9-12

[xl] 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

[xli] Luke 18:27

[xlii] Matthew 18:26

[xliii] Acts 13:45-47

[xliv] Matthew 28:19-20