The Making of Disciples

I know, that title is a bit intimidating isn’t it? It is a huge undertaking to say the least. I pray that God would open up your eyes and heart to what you read so that you can go out and be more confident in making disciples. I am working every single day to make a difference in my community whether it be living by example, or sharing the Good News.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, our lives transform significantly. Selfishness tends to dissipate, while others needs become more noticeable. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with my selfish attitude and my lustful heart. But isn’t that the beauty of the Cross of Christ? We are forgiven eternally of our sins and with a repentful heart I am so thankful for this opportunity that God gave me, you and… everyone. For me as a Christian; a follower of Christ, I suddenly felt overwhelmed with the task of sharing this Good News with everyone. It is okay to feel that way, and I have noticed that with prayer and submission, I am overcoming that feeling. I will go out to the grocery store and tell someone that God is there for them, I will go to get dinner and on top of ordering the #3, I will make sure that someone knows God loves them. I two and a half years into my adult salvation, am still trying to connect with the people in my community. It is still scary, it is still nerve wracking, and absolutely unpredictable, but in Matthew 22;37-39 Jesus is telling a lawyer who was trying to test him, what the greatest commandment is.

37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38. This is the first and greatest commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

If we love our neighbors like we love ourselves then shouldn’t we be telling them about the damnation they might face? The first greatest commandment is love the Lord God. If we really love God we will want to bring him all of the glory. Making disciples will bring him even more glory. We need to feel compelled to reach out to everyone and anyone. Remember that the cross is for everyone, so we must not be choosy. If you will notice in Matthew chapter 7;13-14 Jesus says wide is the gate that leads to destruction, many are on it, but narrow is the way to life, few will find it. If we as Christians believe that the Bible is true, if we believe that Gods word is inerrant, then we must stop being so comfortable sitting on the church pew and go talk to the people in our communities. We need to have more of an urgency in our actions if we believe that the Lord is coming back to take his Church home and we know people or even people we do not know may stay behind to endure Gods judgment on the people. The way to damnation is broad, think about the weight that carries. How many people in this world are on that path. It is overwhelming, but we can make a difference. We are the light of the world, a city on a hill, let your light shine before others and it will glorify God. After all we are Christians who are on a very important mission and that is to make disciples and they can also glorify God. Matthew 5;14&16 says just that.

14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.

To end this blog, one of the most comforting verses is found in, you guessed it, Matthew 28;19-20

19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you ALWAYS, even unto the END of the world.  Amen.

Jesus led the disciples to Galilee, after his death and resurrection, and told them to go make disciples of all nations and that her will be with them until the end. Isn’t that so comforting to hear? If we make a mistake, he is with us, if we don’t know what to say, he is with us, if we are afraid, again, he is with us. He will be there ALWAYS.

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