Being a Disciple and Making Disciples
When you read Matthew 28:18 ask yourself these questions:
Who has the authority?
Who is supposed to make disciples?
What are are some excuses for not making disciples?
Are there any good excuses?
Who should we make disciples of?
Who should we NOT make disciples of?
When should we make disciples?
How should we make disciples?
Where are the commands of Jesus?
Why am I not making disciples?
(oooo, that last one was deep.. Was that fair?)
There is great joy and fulfillment in making disciples!! It is a privilege. God has chosen us and set us apart for this! We are called to be his ambassadors!
“We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. For you remember our labor and hardship, brothers and sisters. Working night and day so that we would not burden any of you, we preached God’s gospel to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers. As you know, like a father with his own children, we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to live worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8-12 CSB
Where do you fit in in all this?
Matthew 28:18 - Go and Make Disciples
Who is supposed to go make disciples? Say this, “I am called to make disciples.”
How can I be a disciple? How can I make disciples?
1) You must know Jesus as your Lord and live like it! You need to as Philippians 3:16 says - “Live up to the truth you have attained!”
2) Begin teaching that truth to people who will learn and reproduce it in others! 2 Timothy 2:2 - “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Practically, here are some things we call spiritual disciplines, that help us live this out. We can learn these and practice them and also teach others. It is a pursuit of the knowledge of and a communion with our God!
This is basic. You will likely not be surprised about any of these, but many of you will not be doing any of them. If we can get good at the basics, sowing and investing our lives in a pursuit of knowledge of God, the love of his ways, it will be rewarded now and in eternity.
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