“Disciple in the Making”
For the next two days, you will look at the same passage of scripture.
These are the last directions Jesus gave to His followers, the church, before He went to heaven.
When reading them, the first question might be, “What’s a disciple?” Well, the answer is a learner, a follower. It was common for teachers in ancient Israel to have disciples devoted to their teachings. By trusting Christ with your life, you have identified yourself as a disciple or follower of Jesus.
What should a disciple look like? Well, a disciple studies the teachings of the teacher. That’s what you do every day when you read one of these studies. You are reviewing what Jesus told us to do with our lives. Further, a disciple does what the teacher says to do. You act a little more like your teacher every day. As you learn more about Jesus, in church, in Bible study, talking with Christian friends, you are building into your life what Jesus told you to do.
Finally, a disciple wants to see the teachings of the teacher spread to others. In other words, you begin to share what you are learning with other people who do not know. The more you know Jesus, and the more He changes your life, the more you desire to see other people transformed by meeting Jesus.
Take a few minutes and thank God for what you have already learned. Ask God to teach you daily to be more like Jesus. (Remember Luke 9:23? It’s not easy to follow Jesus) Ask God to lead you to people who can help you to be more like Jesus and to bring people into your life who need to know Jesus.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 NLT