Updated: Sep 13, 2018
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” --Matthew 28:19-20
This is a simple command.
How did Jesus make disciples?
He mentored, invested, lived, ate, celebrated, and lamented with twelve people; for three years.
Caleb Kaltenbach has stated, We need to lean into people rather than recoiling in fear (This author's paraphrase). We create tribes around our ideals, race, theology, and hobbies. We use terms like "them" or "those people". Worse, we are so consumed with ourselves we don't see or listen to others around us.
My wife will tell you I'm guilty of this.
What I mean is, who are you investing in? Investing, teaching, challenging, correcting, and training is discipleship.
My father mentored, and continues to mentor me. He answers questions about life. He thinks with me through difficult situations. We look for scriptural support on potential decisions. My mother has also mentored me. She listens, is patient, and has been known to correct me. I have had ministers spend time listening, training, and guiding me through life. Jon Forrest is one of those mentors who has suffered me, with great patience, through my life.
I am who I am, not only from ministers, professors, and family, but those I would call brothers from the past. They invested in me.
Discipleship is not just influencing someone. It's teaching, challenging, correcting, and training someone in the way of scripture. In the way of Christ.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." --2 Timothy 3:16-17
Jesus teaches how to live life at its best. We honor others, serve others, love others, love mercy, justice, seek peace and walk humbly with our God.
Yoke keeps oxen together as they work. It goes around their neck and connects them to the
plow. They pull together, sweat together, grow together, and produce together. Discipleship is getting into the yoke with someone.
In the great white north, young sled dogs are paired up with the veterans. The older dogs help lead and guide the new pups into the work. In the same way we should be partnering with others and disciple one another. Those with more maturity (notice I used the word maturity, not knowledge) offer insight based on their faith.
This is how the Good News of the Kingdom of God is shared. We process through life together. We challenge, teach, correct, and train one another as we process through our salvation.
This is our responsibility, as believers, to further the Kingdom and change the world.
Every day challenge yourself to do better than the last.
Love God and love people.
In His service and yours,