DISCIPLE MAKING
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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“‘Come,’ he replied, ‘and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. ” John 1:39

There are three main aspects in the way Jesus went about making disciples. Firstly, He invited people into fellowship with Him where they would spend considerable time together, which would create a sense of belonging. Secondly, He taught them, unfolding hidden knowledge and wisdom of spiritual truth that led to Himself as the way, the truth and the life. Thirdly, He modelled what God intended true humanity to be.

Upon first meeting His disciples, Jesus did not preach to them, nor ramble off a list of sins they needed to repent of, and neither did He give them non-negotiable requirements in becoming a disciple. The first thing He did was integrate them into a community of believers where they would see what He does, learn from Him, and come to discover and understand who He is. In addition, the training Jesus did for His disciples would take them into the thick of actual life circumstances, absent of any type of structured forum. It was within a relational context that the disciples shaped their beliefs and characters through following Jesus and abiding with Him.

Jesus set the precedent in how we are to go about making disciples. In today’s world, it tends to be focused on techniques, methods and programs. Many discipleship courses are curriculum based, but Jesus is people based. Today it seems to be more educational and informational, but in the Gospels, disciple making is experiential and transformational. It is not a scheduled event, but is unfolding continuously in real life environments. Because Jesus cultivated discipleship within a community of believers, we should also seek a closely knit spiritual family with whom we can interact on a regular basis.

As a Christian, we cannot be a lone ranger in our faith, much less in disciple making as everything God does He does through His church, which is the body of Christ. Every Christian is called to be a member of that body in which Christ is the head, and imparts to us His wisdom, direction, provision and agenda. Many people are of the misguided belief that good church attendance is making disciples simply by acquiring more biblical knowledge and developing spiritual growth. As essential as that is for disciple making, it is only part of the process. Every moment of daily life is a disciple making moment, because it is in the sphere of our day-to-day living that Jesus works out through us what He has worked in us. Disciple making is not about a shared study or curriculum, but a shared life with a body of believers in union with Christ who is shaping our lives into becoming disciples for Him.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, shape my life into becoming a disciple for You and bring me into a community of believers whose priority it is to serve You and make more disciples. Thank You, Lord.


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