When you hear the command, “Go and make disciples,” do you see it as only applying to pastors, elders, deacons, and small group leaders? When Jesus said this, He was talking to His disciples, but it applies to any of us who have chosen to follow Him. If we are a Christian, we are a disciple and we are called to be a disciple maker! However, many feel unequipped and think that they have to be extensively trained before they can be a disciple maker. Others are scared that it will take a lot of time, energy, and resources that they don’t have to invest in someone else. And yet, we are given this command from Jesus:
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
THE WORD GO IS A COMMAND
It is not an option. It is not a suggestion. It means that we are to be proactive as a disciple to make disciples. As followers of Jesus, we are not just supposed to lead individuals to Christ and then leave them to fend for themselves as new believers, but rather, we are supposed to go with them along the way. We need to invest in their spiritual growth. We need to help them get plugged in and established in their new faith. It is at this point that many people get scared about what this investment looks like, or what they are supposed to do if they don’t have all the answers. So, many do not obey the command to lead others in their spiritual growth out of fear, while others disregard it because they are too busy and investing in someone else’s life is not a big enough priority.
MAKING DISCIPLES IS BEING AN INVOLVED FRIEND
The good news is two-fold. First, we don’t have to be a theological scholar to make disciples! Many have a false idea that we have to know everything about God and the Bible before we can spiritually lead someone else, but this is not just true. Jesus called twelve average men, everyday people, and for over three years He poured into their lives. He lived life with them. He shared, taught, and encouraged them. We don’t have to teach profound theology, we just have to share our own story, show what we are learning from Scripture, give godly advice to their daily challenges, and walk beside them as they go through trials. Making disciples is being an involved friend, one who supports and guides another through life. We already have everything we need to invest into someone else’s life; we just have to be willing to do it.
HE IS WITH US
Secondly, Jesus ALSO said, “Remember, I am with you!” If He calls us to do the work, then He will also go with us! He will give us everything we need to effectively disciple those He puts in our path. Author Rick Yancey said, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called”.
If you are reading this and you don’t yet have someone investing in your life; if you don’t have someone you are investing in, take a moment to pray that God will cross your paths with the right people: one who will help you strengthen your walk with Christ and one who you can also help disciple.