The screening process at the airport is more complicated than becoming a disciple.
For the month of May, we’re looking at five simple facts about discipleship. By the end of these five weeks, my hope is that you’ll see why discipleship doesn’t have to be some intimidating and weird thing. Each week, we will look at another phrase in the Great Commission. Read those final words of Jesus now.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19)
Part 1 pointed out the simple fact that the first step in discipleship is to recognize that you are a disciple. It sounds obvious. But we don’t often think of ourselves that way today.
So today’s question in Part 2 is: “If we’re disciples who should make disciples… then whom should we look at as a potential disciple?” “Who else can become a disciple?”
The answer is simple.
At any time.
Can become a disciple.
Jesus expects you to make disciples… of ALL nations.
This sometimes means that you should go to other countries to share the gospel and to help people start following Jesus in faith. It always means that you should go throughout your normal day, seeing each person around you as a potential disciple of Jesus.
No matter who they are, where they’re from, what they’ve done (or are doing), what their political beliefs are, what language they speak, or what religion they currently believe in. Jesus loves people of every race in every place. Jesus lived for, died for, and rose again for people all around you.
Look at each person through the eyes of Jesus.
If they make you mad, recognize the life-changing love and grace Jesus has for them.
If you don’t want to forgive them, remember that Jesus forgave you.
If you love and care for them, realize that their greatest need is a relationship with Jesus.
You get the idea. Have the eyes of Jesus. You are a disciple. Everyone around you needs a relationship with Jesus.
Jesus has commanded you to make disciples of anyone you can anywhere you go.
Discipleship isn’t complicated. But life as a disciple isn’t something you can do alone.
Together, we can help each other grow as disciples… who make disciples… who make disciples.
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