18 Jesus came to them and said: I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! 19 Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.
Matthew 28:18-20 Contemporary English Version
Who is God leading you to disciple and help grow in faith and fruitfulness?
Matthew 28:19-20 holds a command for disciples to make disciples.” It is a command we popularly called the Great Commission, from which Jesus wants us to obey and stay true to our commitment to Him.
It is good to make the distinction between discipleship and disciple-making.
Discipleship is about becoming and being a disciple of Jesus. It is about being who we are. Disciple-making or discipling is the intentional process of bringing others to Christ and building them up to maturity in Christ so that they in turn will make disciples of all nations. It is about what we do.
Sometimes we do have some wrong ideas about the Great Commission. We think it is a job reserved for mature believers only or we need a special call before we can do anything or something we do if we have time.
The moment you enter into a personal relationship with Jesus, the Bible says that you are a new creation with a completely new identity in Christ. And being a disciple of Christ is about you discovering and living out the truth of your identity in every area of your life.
It is possible to be a believer without being a disciple. But this is not a true expression of the normal Christian life.
The truth is there can be no discipleship without relationship. Jesus chose His disciples and developed a close relationship with them. They live with Him, and saw how He lived and behaved with them and when He was with other people. They not only heard His teachings, they also get to do what Jesus did.
Likewise, we are to build relationships with people and we demonstrate God’s love through genuinely loving and caring for them. When there is an opportunity for you to profess your faith, present a clear gospel of God’s love and grace. However, the end goal is not to preach, but to testify how Christ has changed your life and why you follow Him.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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