Convert or Disciple?
I want to begin this post by reposting a vision I had 5 years ago.
In this vision I saw a very stormy sea, at night,with no moon nor stars, and in the sea, there were people drowning. Also in the sea, were many rowboats with a captain in each and the captain, along with those in the boat were rescuing those who were in the sea. The boats would only hold so many and that is why many boats were needed. I saw that the boats all rowing to a light house. Also in the vision, I saw a very large ocean liner. It had a crew of thousands and it took every member of the crew to run the ship, no one could be spared to aid in the rescuing those who were drowning in the sea. Furthermore, the ocean liner was huge and very high so that it would be impossible for its crew to reach a hand into the water to rescue those who were drowning. As you might have guessed, the row boats are symbolic of house churches/simple churches. A rowboat can only hold so many before it begins to sink. The ocean liner is the mega church(machine) it has so much machinery needed to keep the vessel running that it can’t spare anybody. And when I saw the ocean liner steer toward somebody that was drowning in an effort to save them it ended up killing them. I believe that the Lord is returning the His church back to ts roots and to the simplicity of the gospel message from which it was birthed, I believe that the,”machinery” is being dismantled and the complexity of the machinery is giving way to the simplicity that is the Gospel pattern for church.
In the dream I had last night 01/09/2017 I saw a man standing in a rowboat. I saw, as in the vision of 5 years ago, many people in the sea needing rescued. Unlike the vision of 5 years ago the individual in the boat was just throwing those in the sea life preservers. The life preserves had no ropes attached whereby you could pull those in the sea into the boat. They were left in the sea to fend for themselves. While throwing the life preserver to them was a kind gesture it would by no means ultimately save them from perishing in the sea. Contrast that with the vision of 5 years ago where there were several in the boat and all were reaching into the water to rescue those in the water and bring them into their boat(s).
The one in my dream throwing life preservers into the water is what I see happening today in what is called church. No attempt to bring those drowning into the safety of the boat. No attempt to reach into the water, indicating reaching a person in whatever life circumstances he/she is in, and risk getting wet. Just a feeble attempt to throw them a life preserver to “save” them.
In the great commission Jesus instructed His disciples to go and make disciples just as He had done with them.
The word disciple in the Greek is the word, mathetueo and it means not only to learn but to become attached to one’s teacher and become his/her follower in doctrine and conduct of life. This involves much more than throwing a life preserver to a drowning person and walking away believing one has done his/her part in fulfilling the great commission