When we think about the words of Jesus found in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”, we often get overwhelmed by this command. I know for many this command seems to bring with it a heavy burden of obedience by way of sharing God’s word to every nation. I want to help simplify this command and bring it down to a level I feel can ease more of the burden and allow us to become more comfortable with.
To be honest, the notion of disciple making can be a scary one. Many fears can cause us to avoid the subject altogether. As if that weren’t bad enough, we face constant attacks from the enemy! However, if we linger on these notions of fear and attacks, we will never act in obedience to God’s will for our lives. If we take this command and we simply focus on one person, we can set and accomplish some objective goals in our life that would cause us to be both obedient as well as confident in completing this command. The way we can do this is, first by seeking the Holy Spirit in prayer and guidance. Ask for Him to send someone to you today. Second, showing someone the love of Christ is all we are setting out to do. This can have many answers depending on the need of that person, but remember we are only setting out to be Jesus to one person today. The idea of jumping on a plane, selling all of our belongings, and going to a foreign country is not what everyone is asked to do by this command. However, if you are called to do that, you are in our prayers daily. For the rest of us, showing the love of Christ is making disciples too!
Here are some tips:
Don’t let the fear of making disciples stop you from being obedient to God in your life. Make it a daily habit of making your walk with Christ something you look forward to, and not fear. I would love to hear from you how this challenge works out for you this week! Perhaps you are in need of prayer before you get started. Either side of the spectrum you find yourself, please let us know in our “Prayers and Praises” section on this site and we will pray for you. Remember, you are never alone in the disciple making process. Paul states in Romans 12:4-10
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Be encouraged! Making disciples is absolutely something that we can all do, starting with one person at a time! Be blessed and encouraged in your new found disciple making mindset!
God Bless and happy disciplining!