The vision of making twelve disciples and equipping these disciples to make twelve of their own would only be realized if:
1. You have an intense desire to catch and be caught by the vision.
Believers should have a heartbeat that is one with that of Christ’s – that is, to have a passion for God (as the Father and the Creator of all things) and compassion for the lost. If we are determined at keeping our faith, then we must be able to stand up for what we believe in and begin doing what we are supposed to be doing. Time and time again we are reminded that the Great Commission in not a suggestion, it is a command. Our everyday goal should always include these: win souls and make disciples (Matthew 28: 18-20). We have been commanded to love God and to love others as ourselves (Mark 12:30) and so there are two things that we must constantly do: strengthen our intimacy with the Lord and have an intense desire to win souls.
2. You are inspired by the Holy Spirit to understand the vision.
It is not enough that we know and understand the knots and bolts of the vision. Without divine illumination, our labor would still be in vain. Jesus has made this clear In John 15: 5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” This would require a great deal of submission and obedience on our part. If we really are determined to implement the vision then we should start looking to where God is looking and join Him. We only need to obey before we can see God working mightily in our lives.
3. You will implement the vision.
Let us simply put it this way: A vision not implemented would remain a vision through time.
4. You will impart the vision.
The vision should not only be made known to those who have submitted themselves to full time ministry. The Great Commission was not only addressed to pastors and missionaries and priests and bishops. It was a command that concerns ALL believers. Now is the time to dream big “For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).”
What you see is what you will always get. What you believe, that you will become. Change will start within us. We only need to believe in the vision and have the passion to implement and impart it.
(Main points discussed by Ptr. Frank Santos during the G12 Pinoy Conference, October 9-11, 2008)