When I think about the objective of making disciples, I am reminded of Colossians 1:28: “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” For me, a big part of my objective is to present everyone fully mature in Christ.
What would that look like? How do I know I am accomplishing my objective? I love this Dallas Willard line.
“Disciples of Jesus are those who are with him, learning to be like him. That is, they are learning to lead their life, their actual existence, as he would lead their life if he were they.” (Renovation of the Heart, 241)
I think it’s interesting and instructive that Willard didn’t write about knowing what Jesus knew. Instead, he talked about learning how to live; “learning to lead their life, their actual existence, as he would lead their life if he were they.”