Do you know that in order for us to have an effective revitalize church, we will need a radical discipleship. The call to be disciples was given to us by Jesus:“Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20).
One of the best descriptions seems to me to be given to us by Rev. Martin Luther King when he showed that when it comes to Christian discipleship, we have to stop being temometers and we must become thermostats.
After condemning the church for her failure to speak out boldly against injustice and thereby defend the principles of God’s Word.
A thermometer reflects the temperature of the environment. It simply reacts to what’s happening around it. If the temperature is hot, it tells you so. If it’s cold, the thermometer reflects that reality as well. It’s a dumb instrument in the sense it doesn’t contain intelligent, multipurpose functionality. It has one purpose and one purpose only.
A thermostat, on the other hand, regulates the environment. It sets the desired temperature of the room and actively works to maintain it within a given range. If the temperature rises above the goal, the thermostat signals the air conditioner to crank up and cool the room down. If the temperature falls below the goal, the thermostat causes the heater to turn on in order to warm the room up. The thermostat is intelligent in the sense it’s always monitoring the environment, and if the temperature gets too hot or cold, it decides what to do to correct the situation.
Now the question for a radical discipleship is: When it comes to following Jesus, who are you, thermometer or tesmostats?