Revolutions bring freedom. As followers of Jesus, who would the Orality Revolution break from the bondage that holds them?
In our Orality Revolution, there are believers who are slaves to disobedience since they are not making disciples. They are “bound” by life choices that do not align with Jesus’ Great Commission to “obey all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Their freedom will mean receiving God’s blessings for delighting in the work that honors the Lord (Eccl. 9:10).
We’re starting a revolution! Wanna come along?
You are starting a revolution?
Well, we aren’t starting it, Jesus did. We are just fanning the flames. Praise God that in some places the revolution has already begun. Will you join us?
Okay, you’ve got my attention. What do you mean by revolution?
Jesus started the discipleship revolution when He said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
That sounds hard.
Somewhere along the way people tried to domesticate the revolution. Sometimes they were able to tame it. After all, revolutions can be dangerous.
I hear you, brother. But, say, I’m not really into that whole danger thing.
Do you want to come along or not? Revolutions are not for sissies! Revolutions change things.
I’m no sissy, but I don’t like change. I’m comfortable with my daily to-do list.
Revolutions change things and take time.
Hey, but I don’t have an extra minute in my schedule. Can you just shrink that revolution thing a bit so that it fits my timetable?
Revolutions include demonstrations.
Well, I don’t want to force my opinions on anyone. Let’s make it a chat room where people opt in. If I stick my neck out, it could get chopped off.
Revolutions are costly.
Have you seen my credit report? We lost most of our savings in the economic downturn. Don’t you read the headlines? We’re trying to keep what we have.
Revolutions change everything.
That’s radical. My comfort zone is pretty small these days.
Jesus came saying, “The time has come . . . The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15).
Repentance means changing everything, doesn’t it?
Okay . . . I’m not backing away just yet. What does He want us to do?
The Kingdom of God is near. Get ready. The King is coming. Fill in the potholes. Repair the bridges. Straighten out the curves. Make an interstate. The King is coming!
That sounds exciting.
He is calling for you to see His glory, tell his story, and make disciples of all peoples. It’s time to do a U-turn.
Is that repentance?
You got it! Jesus is sparking a discipleship revolution in the twenty-first century that changes everything like the one He started in the first century.
Count me in. Where do I enlist?
At the foot of the cross!
Wait a minute. I am talking to you—the reader. We have come a long way on our journey through [these 10 Requirements for Revolution]. You understand the changes necessary to join us. Wanna come along?
What do I do next?
Make disciples like Jesus did. Tell Bible stories. Start a discipleship revolution in your sphere of influence.
How do I do that?
Make truth stick. Get the Word into people’s lives and on their lips. “Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them” (John 13:17, NLT).
(That last part was excerpted from the book that Avery Willis and I wrote titled Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truths in a Teflon World (NavPress), pp. 198-200. Click the link to read about it.)
Read the Revolution Requirements from the start. Here’s #1: https://truthsticks.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/revolution-1-of-10-a-commitment-to-make-disciples/