There was an estate sale. Everything from the dearly departed was on the auction block. The furniture was selling at a good price. The clothing went at a great discount. Then the auctioneer held up a dusty, old violin. He asked, “Who will give me $100 to start the bidding on this violin?”
No person raised a hand. The auction had come to a slow down. Nobody would bid on the old violin.
The auctioneer asked again, now lowering his expectation for the opening bid, “Who will give me $50 for this violin?”
As the crowd was quiet, an old man comes from the back of the room. He quietly asks the auctioneer for the dusty, old violin. As the old man tinkers with the violin, the crowd begins to wonder about what is going on. Soon, the old man starts to play that dusty, old violin. He plays the most wonderful piece of music that you ever did hear.
The auctioneer begins the bidding, for a 3rd time, on that dusty, old violin: “Who will give me $1,000 for this violin?” And the bidding takes off! Soon the bidding is up to $10,000!
When asked later why the change in price for the violin, the auctioneer said, “Only in the master’s hand does one’s value truly show.”
We see that is how it is with us. When we are in the hands of the master, which is in God’s hands, our value truly shows. As we think about the Trinity, we see how God works in our lives. God is the master creator. He makes and remakes this world so that his holy ways can be lived. God the Son is the one whom we follow in order to be holy. Jesus shows us how to live, die, and live again. The Spirit of God is the power that is at work in our lives. He reminds us all that Jesus taught.
A. God is the master creator (Genesis 1:1-2:4)
1. God was there before the beginning of our planet (1:1)
2. It took him six days/generations to create all that we see (2:4)
a. Did he create by evolution?
b. Did God create by his spoken word only? (He created & made)
3. How did God describe what he created?
a. 1st day – He saw that it was good
b. 2nd day – no description of this day’s work
c. 3rd – 6th days – He saw that it was good (1:10, 18, 21, 28)
4. God rested on the 7th day – he called it “holy”
5. Even God rested. So, when we think that we need to work 7, 14, or 30 days straight through, then what are we saying about God? It is good to rest, for we are not God, and we need rest. But there is another item to ponder here. God hallowed the 7th day. He made it holy. Do we hallow the 7th day of our week? It is when we do not hallow the 7th day that we find we lose out. When we view ourselves greater than God, we make real our need for a savior. For we cannot save ourselves. But God can save us. He sent Jesus just for that task.
B. God the Son is the one whom we follow (Matthew 28:16-20)
1. We like to do our own thing – we set ourselves up to be our own god
2. Yet God knows we need him – so he sent Jesus
3. After Jesus’ resurrection, he tells the disciples to make more disciples!
4. By the power of Jesus’ Spirit and his authority, we make disciples
5. We follow Jesus right to God. God the Father, the master creator, remakes our lives as we follow Jesus. God uses the church to make more disciples. That’s right, as we follow Jesus; more people begin to follow Jesus. I sure hope that we are teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded. Otherwise, we may not be making disciples of Jesus Christ! How can we focus on making disciples of Jesus Christ?
C. The Spirit of God helps us to make disciples (2 Corinthians 13:11-13)
1. How does the Holy Spirit help us to make disciples of Jesus Christ?
a. Encouragement through those who know Jesus (13:11)
b. Acknowledge other believers
2. So, we need all of God through all of our days
a. Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ – we need his forgiveness, every day
b. Love of God – he wants us to look like him, & he loves us through the process
c. Communion of the Holy Spirit – by recognizing God’s Spirit at work in our lives, we draw closer to God
3. The Spirit of God helps us to make disciples. We need God in our lives. As we know God’s work in our lives, then we draw closer to him. We bring more people to God as our lives look like the lives God has for us. It takes the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit for us to be disciples. It takes the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit for us to make disciples.
Maybe we do need to hear that God the Father, the master creator, can remake us into his image. Maybe we do need to hear that Jesus, the Son of God, can lead us to make more disciples. Maybe we do need to hear that the Spirit of God helps us to make disciples.
Who knows, maybe after hearing how God makes us into disciples, we can realize how God is going to make more disciples. It is just that God wants us to be Jesus’ disciples so that He can make more disciples of Jesus Christ.