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This is part 7 of what looks to be an 8 part series in a breakdown of our church’s vision statement. We revealed this statement to you in our live-stream service the very first Sunday of 2021. And for the six of you who are still reading my articles, we are covering three- that’s right, three!- whole words today.
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“To make him”. We live to know Jesus Christ personally and to make him known.
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This is an astounding thing to say, if you think about it. First off, who’s “him”? The Sunday school, can’t-miss, answer will serve you well here. We’re talking about Jesus. What’s astounding is that we would make Jesus…anything.
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If you’ve ever read the Gospels, you’ll know that Jesus isn’t a pushover. For all that’s true about Jesus being gentle and compassionate, he is not one to be forced or manipulated into anything. One story that stands out to me is from John 6, where Jesus does something downright incredible by feeding five thousand men, plus women and children, with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish (and Christian fundraisers forever had their go-to motivational story). The crowds saw this and believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the long awaited Prophet, their king. And we read in verse 15, “Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” Jesus knew what they wanted to make him, and he wasn’t willing, so it didn’t happen.
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The only reason our vision statement can work is if Jesus is willing to make it work. The only way we can make Jesus anything is if that’s what He wants to be made. 
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Thankfully for us, being made known is exactly what Jesus wants. In fact, it was his idea in the first place. Matthew’s Gospel ends with the well known and so-called Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The book of Acts begins with a similar commission: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” It is his calling, it's his plan and purpose, to be made known.
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We can’t make Jesus anything He doesn’t want. But he does want to be made known. So that’s what we’re going to do!