A “disciple” is defined as “one who is taught”. A disciple is not just a student, but their learning experience is marked by a devotion and commitment to being taught – in both word and deed - and to being obedient to a doctrine and/or way of life. Disciples are both students and teachers, as they are charged with the awesome mission of “making disciples”. We are disciples of Jesus Christ; our life-long quest is to be made into His image. Jesus left us to finish the work He started: He said, “Go ye into all the world and make disciples, teaching them whatsoever I have commanded you, baptizing them in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.”
That’s the mandate: Make Disciples.
I am a member of a very large Church, and our congregation represents over 60 countries, various ethnic groups and diverse cultures. I am co-teaching a discipleship class and here’s what I’ve found: Because of the diversity in Church and religious backgrounds, there is a tremendous need for discipleship right in our Church! Many have never been discipled in the faith, and have a limited understanding of the basic tenants of Christianity, even though they have been attending Church for many, many years!Way Makers make disciples; that is part of our mission. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, so send I you.” As a Way Maker, I am moved with the burden to respond to the call of God to make disciples. My passion is stirred to overflowing and the anointing is upon me to preach the Good News of the Gospel, to open the eyes of the blind and set the captive free. It’s what I’m called to do, and when I’m doing it, I have a tremendous sense of fulfillment.
Are you making disciples? Are you pouring into the lives of new believers, coming along side of them and mentoring them in the faith?
Ask God to lead you to someone or a group of people that you can disciple in the faith. Give yourself to the work of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. For in this is The Father glorified, that you bear much fruit!