This word is used often in the church today. We have discipleship programs, discipleship groups, discipleship classes, etc.
But what is discipleship? And what does discipleship look like?
These are the questions I have been wrestling through the past couple of months.
We were mandated by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We often look at this passage as a mandate to share the gospel with the lost… as we should! But is there something more to this passage?
“Go therefore and make Disciples.”
We are not just called to make converts; we are called to make disciples.
This is not just a mandate for pastors or Sunday School teachers, it’s a command for every believer.
Which means it is a mandate for me!
How? By teaching them all that God has commanded.
Understanding this mandate I have had to ask myself… am I making disciples? And how do I carry this out practically?
Jesus gives us the greatest example of what it looks like to disciple.
Matthew 4:19 says, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus gathered twelve everyday men and poured into them. He allowed them to walk life with Him, teaching God’s Truth to them, and preparing them to make their own disciples.
Discipleship can take place in many different forms. It may look like an older woman meeting with a younger woman to do life with her, and teaching her how to apply God’s Word to her life. Or it could look like a small group of women meeting together to study God’s Word and keeping each other accountable in their personal walks.
For me right now, it looks like my good friend and I meeting with a small group of teen girls to teach them how to study God’s Word by walking through a book of the Bible with them, and giving them practical tools to apply to their own walks with the Lord.
Making disciples is a command and it doesn’t come easy. Trust me, its much easier not to get involved in other peoples lives. People’s lives can be messy! It takes time, energy, and commitment. There is also a fear of rejection if the person you ask doesn’t want to be discipled. Let me encourage you…
It’s worth it!
There is nothing like walking life with someone and sharing God’s truth with them.
So I leave you with this…
Are you making disciples?
If not, is there a new believer, or a younger believer you know? Initiate a conversation with them and see if they would be interested in learning and growing in God’s Word with you.
So let’s GO, and transform this world by making disciples!