Called to Make Disciples
"He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."
~ Colossians 1:28 (NIV)
As Christians, we have heard what is known as the Great Commission: “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” (Matthew 28:19–20).
But sometimes we miss the part about making disciples. And in case you don’t understand what making disciples means, Jesus defined it in His challenge and call to us: “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”
Let me ask you something: What if the whole church were just like you? What if every Christian behaved exactly as you behave? What kind of worship service would we have? What kind of prayer meetings would we have? How many people would be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Would there be any resources to use to get the gospel out? If the whole church were just like you, would we be a biblically illiterate church, or would we be a grounded, well-taught church?
I bring this up because you are called to reproduce yourself as a Christian. You should be making disciples of Jesus, and they will learn by following your example. Maybe you feel sometimes that it doesn’t really matter. You try to impart the truths God has given to you to other believers, but you don’t know where it will go. But you have to be patient, because you may not realize the full impact of what you have done, even in this life.
You might reach someone today who will reach their world tomorrow. The person you take under your wing may be the next man or woman who shakes the world. Just be diligent in what God has set before you.
Father, empower us to actively and successfully engage in making disciples of Christ Jesus. AmenIn Jesus,
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The person you take under your wing may be the next to shake the world.