Peter Drucker was probably the most respected business analyst and business philosopher of the twentieth century. He was also a devout Christian and committed churchman. Drucker was famous for asking business and church leaders alike the question ‘what business are you in?’. His profoundly simple premise was, ‘if you don’t know what business you’re in, you cannot succeed at it.’
I was reminded the other day to ask myself the same question. What is the church for? Why do we exist? What is our mission? In Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew records ‘Then Jesus came to them and said ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, 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. And surely I am with you always to the close of the age’.
And what is making disciples? John Kaiser in his book ‘Winning on Purpose’ describes it well: ‘it’s to produce new, committed followers of Christ from the raw material of the nations’. So, as we go about our lives within and without the church, the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ should always be at the forefront. Let’s pray for new people to come to a personal faith in Jesus, and then to ‘grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ’.