I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded about certain things on a regular basis. As I think through discipleship, here’s my current list of things I need to know:
- It takes a disciple to make a disciple. While I sometimes argue that anyone can host a small group (even a non-Christian), only a disciple can make a disciple.
- Real disciples make disciples. I think this is an important distinction. It means that if you’re not actively making disciples, you probably aren’t a disciple.
- Disciples are rarely made in rows. From an environmental angle, a disciple is far more likely to made in a circle. After all, becoming a disciple has far less to do with digesting information (like in a class) and far more to do with spending time with those who are becoming like Him.
- You don’t have to arrive before you begin making disciples (see Philippians 3:12-14 if you don’t believe me).
- You don’t have to use printed curriculum to make disciples. The early disciples made it happen even before they had the New Testament.
- You don’t become a disciple by completing a course or curriculum. While some studies might be better at generating the kinds of conversations that open eyes and soften hearts, completing a study or a course isn’t like completing a degree program that qualifies you to use a title or certain letters after your name (like Reverend or Phd).
- Completing a course or curriculum also doesn’t make you disciple maker. You might earn a credential, but what makes you a disciple maker is that you’re actually making disciples.
- Disciple-making takes time. You can’t microwave a disciple. The process won’t be hurried. A real disciple is always becoming more like Jesus. It’s what gives the disciple-maker the opportunity to say, “here’s what the Lord is showing me right now.”
- Like the servants in Matthew 25, every one of us is given opportunity to invest in others, “according to our ability.”
- “Make disciples” was Jesus’ final command. It was His marching orders to His disciples. It isn’t optional or reserved for tose with the credential. It is a command for all of us.
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