The Lord Jesus casts the vision, saying, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Mat. 28:19-20, NLT).
Followers of Jesus are called by the Lord to go and allow the light of Christ to shine through them by their actions, attitude, and words. Although being in the world, they are not, however, of the world. The followers of Jesus Christ operates from a different spiritual culture. The Apostle John makes this clear in his first epistle, saying, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15-17, NKJV).
It's not hard to understand this concept when one thinks of joining the arm forces. Once an individual joins the Army, Navy, Marines, or any other arm forces, they are, in a way, dead to the world and its appetites. Their only focus is the mission of the military that they are part of now. They cannot go home when they feel like it. They cannot go out when they want, for they have enlisted themselves in a governmental institution.
That's how it is, as a disciple or follower of the Lord Jesus, you have enlisted in the celestial arm forces. Your life is no longer your own. Your time, energy, and the will to do must be subjected to the will of your Captain; your Lord.
The vision is to seek and find those who have been chosen from before the foundation of the world. Thus, by preaching the Gospel in love, faith, and a Christ-like attitude, the chosen ones will recognize the light or the sound, and they will feel drawn until they fully come through and make a public confession of their faith in the Lord Jesus.
Teach New Converts
Once a person chooses to follow Christ, he/she has made the public confession and is baptized, such new covert is to enter a spiritual growth and development program.
In Ephesians chapter four, the Apostle Paul explains that the Lord Jesus gave to the Church certain spiritual gifts to help the church grow. The church is made up of many individuals who believe in Jesus. The make up the body of Christ. From verse four to six, Paul asserts, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (NKJV).
This is a mystery. It is not a concept one is to fully understand with just the logical mind. The Holy has to enlighten you, that is open your spiritual eyes so that you can see and understand eternal concepts. There is one body and one Spirit. We are the body, and the Holy Spirit is the connector. He connects every member of Christ. Thus, Jesus is the head that gives leadership to the body.
Hence, this is one of the main reasons Jesus exclaims that the world will recognize that we are His disciples by our love for one another. Therefore, if a member desires to impress the Lord, the impression must be done by him/her loving other members of the body.