Have you ever made a disciple? By “making disciples”, I don’t mean disciples of yourself, but instead I mean disciples of Jesus. Have you ever helped a person grow closer to Jesus, be more committed to him?
Jesus said the he would make his disciples “fishers of men.” Essentially, he was saying that he would help them do what he did. That takes us to our sermon last Sunday. Jesus did make those original disciples into fishers of men. He concluded his time with them by saying to them, “make disciples.” Once they had become his disciples, he wanted them to make more. And more. And more.
So is something wrong if you and I are not making disciples? What if you have been a part of a church for years, maybe even decades, but you’ve never made a disciple. Is that okay? Is it bad? Is it possible, if you are not “fishers of men” that you are not a disciple yourself?
Check out these remarks by Ed Stetzer. Ed is a guy who studies the church around the world, particularly from the viewpoint of reaching out and starting new churches. Hear what he recently said about discipleship:
One of the compelling statements from [a recent conference] was in reference to who could be a disciple-maker. One of our speakers declared that the New Testament expectations for those who would hold an official office in the church were extremely high. However, he went on to say, the qualifications for those who would make disciples are much, much less intense. His point was merely that disciple-making should be a normal function of every Christ follower. In the more healthy and growing expressions the global church, this is an expectation.
Do you expect this of yourself? Does your church expect it of you? How so? How do you show that “disciple-making is a normal function” of your life?