Discipleship

I learned an interesting thing this past week! I have always had the thinking that when we witness, our first duty to Christ was to make disciples. In doing so, we work to get a person saved, then start to disciple them. That’s the process! Get a person to understand and accept Jesus, then start to disciple them. But I was approached with a different concept, which seems to be biblical. For instance, in the calling of the disciples, Jesus asked the disciples to follow Him. Listen to what He tells Matthew: “As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office and He said to him, ‘Follow Me!’ So he got up and followed Him. While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, ‘Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when He heard this, He said, ‘Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9: 9-13 If we look at the calling of all the disciples, Jesus called all of them to follow Him, but didn’t say they first had to believe in Him. He was going to train them about who He is. Why do we think that we have to get people saved before they are worthy of training? Why don’t we invest ourselves in the lives of the lost that the Lord puts in our midst, and be a teacher, be a light, be a source of information that they will soon be asking for. I wonder if by thinking that a person has to be saved first, how many we turn away just because we didn’t invest ourselves in their lives, and become the teacher. I can see the way we train our children, we train them up in the environment of the Christian home, hoping that one day they will accept Jesus. We don’t wait for them to accept Jesus, then start to train them. Why aren’t we involving ourselves in others’ lives, to meet them where they are, and involve ourselves as the teacher of all that is right, And let them know where our hope comes from. It’s interesting, when Jesus gave the disciples their commission, He said: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20 I have met so many who proclaim Christ to others, push them to a prayer, then leave them alone, to falter, or to find out for themselves what this new faith is all about. I wonder what would happen if we invested ourself into the life of another, all for the glory of God, and let Him be the One who works on the heart of the person we are teaching all about this faith. Interesting, just like a child! I wonder! Pastor Andy

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