Jesus is still calling for faithful disciples, not church members.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus wants everyone to become His disciples and Jesus wants every disciple to make disciples. Very often, our idea of making disciples is to invite people to church and hope that the pastor will “save” them so as to increase church attendance. But that isn’t what Jesus had in mind. Jesus did not command us to go and make church members or a follower of a denomination. Rather, He commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations.
I know of a man who took Jesus’ command very seriously. Ying Kai started with teaching a group of believers how to make disciples. His passion led him to launch a training program, “Training for Trainers” or “T4T”. Over the course of ten years, T4T became a movement that saw some 160,000 churches planted in various parts of the world and nearly 2 million baptised believers.
God did not use Ying Kai because he was exceptionally gifted or special. Rather, God uses him because he faithfully obeyed Jesus’ command. In the same way, your obedience can often open doors for you to change lives you never thought was possible.
To make disciples is not as difficult as you think.
It is about growing intentional relationships with those in our circle of influence. It can be a family member, a friend or a work colleague, or anyone else whom God is prompting you to lead to Him.
Discipling someone in its basic form starts with conversations, like Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. Having a conversation is a wonderful way of sowing seeds of God’s truth without being “preachy” or “pushy”. Remember, God’s word out of God’s mouth will never return to Him empty but will ACCOMPLISH ALL that He desires and will ACHIEVE THE PURPOSE for which it was sent (Isaiah 55:11). Never argue with detractors. Just teach, preach and live the gospel so as to reveal Christ in all of His beauty and righteousness.
Believe me, if your words are often peppered with life-enriching truths, people will draw to you and are keen to hear from you. Sooner or later, they will ask you to give a reason for the hope that is living in you (1 Peter 3:15).
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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