We have briefly looked at the first two chapters of The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman. I am currently reading this book again and I am getting so much out of it! Chapter three addresses “Consecration”. The word “consecration” is defined as “the devoting or setting apart of anything to the worship or service of God.” Jesus selected men and spent time with them. He expected the men to forsake their former lives and devote themselves to Him. Jesus didn’t beg them to follow Him and try to keep them by promising them anything and everything they ever wanted. Jesus didn’t have these men follow Him on their terms. They followed Jesus on His terms, and that meant devoting themselves to Him. Here is a passage from chapter three.
Jesus expected the men he was with to obey him. They were not required to be smart, but they had to be loyal. This became the distinguishing mark by which they were known. They were called his “disciples,” meaning that they were “learners” or “pupils” of the Master. It was not until much later that they started to be called “Christian” (Acts 11:26), although it was inevitable, for in time obedient followers invariably take on the character of their leader.
The simplicity of this approach is marvelous if not astounding. None of the disciples was asked at first to make a statement of faith or accept a well-defined creed, although they doubtless recognized Jesus to be the Messiah (John 1:41, 45, 49; Luke 5:8). For the moment all they were asked to do was to follow Jesus. Of course, clearly implied in their initial invitation was a call to faith in the person of Christ and obedience to his Word. If this was not comprehended in the beginning, it would be perceived as they continued in the way with the Master. No one will follow a person in whom he or she has no trust, nor sincerely take the step of faith unless he or she is willing to obey what the leader says.
Coleman, R. E. (2006). The master plan of evangelism (pp. 43–44). Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.
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