If you haven’t yet read yesterday’s post, please do. We talked about the personal mission we are on as followers of Jesus—making disciples.
We laid out three characteristics of a Jesus disciple:
1. A disciple follows Jesus’ lead in every area of life.
2. A disciple is being changed by Jesus.
3. A disciple is willing to leave everything behind to follow Jesus.
But today, I want to make sure we are all crystal clear on something…
How to actually make disciples.
Thankfully, making disciples isn’t as hard as it’s made out to be. It’s really all about one thing—relationship.
This part is pretty simple. Because if your answer to the question, “Do you know other people?” is “Yes,” then you are ready to do this.
All you have to do is intentionally bring Jesus into your everyday conversations.
That’s it. That’s how we go and make disciples. If you think that sounds too good to be true, think again. God did not plan his kingdom to grow in a complicated way—why would he? In fact, bringing Jesus into your everyday conversations can be boiled down to two questions:
1. What is God saying to you?
2. What are you going to do about it?
Discipleship is not just a one-way street, though. Even with the right attitudes and questions, we are not able to fully make a disciple-making disciple unless we are also being discipled.
Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
2 Timothy 2:1-2
To go and make disciples, we must also be disciples.
Investing in relationships where you are being discipled is necessary for proper disciple-making. Just as Paul urges his disciple Timothy to make disciples, you too are responsible for making disciples and for seeing that his or her disciples make disciples.
Discipleship is like a chain. One long, united chain is made up of many small chain-links. We desire to see the chain of discipleship continue forever, but if you do not reproduce what God is doing in your life into the lives of others, then you are the final chain-link. Nothing following after you, and that is not a good feeling.
Finding someone who can disciple you is so important because then you can do the same for someone else who can do the same for someone else who can do the same for someone else…
As simple as this can be on paper, when it comes down to sitting in front of someone at a coffee shop, leading a Group at Compass, or going camping with good friends and talking about Jesus, it’s hard to know what exactly to say.
But what if I told you that you already have the answer?
Discipleship conversations start with your own story.
That’s right—your story.
A lot of times though, it’s easy to feel like our story isn’t significant. You hear about drug dealers who find Jesus or people who give God an ultimatum, and then a sign appears in the clouds, and it makes our own story feel unimportant. But that could not be further from the truth!
Because you have a Jesus story to tell, you can begin making disciples.
I know what you’re thinking. I don’t know if I do have a Jesus story to tell.
Practicing writing out your story not only helps you realize that Jesus has moved in significant ways in your life, but also helps you more easily share it with others as you disciple them. Spend the next few minutes thinking of and writing out your story of what your life was like before Jesus, how you came to know him, and how your life has changed since becoming a follower of Jesus.
Take the next 5 minutes of your time and bullet out or write your Jesus story. I guarantee you’ll find that your story is greater than you ever thought.