Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Good buildings start with good blueprints, and builders use blueprints to get the job done right. Plan well and build according to plan. This is also true in building disciples. Jesus commanded His people to go and make disciples. In order to obey that command, we ought to seek the plans. What is the blueprint for a disciple? What is the plan for building one?
There are numerous books and programs that have been produced to help you learn to make disciples, and I am sure most of them have some things worth hearing. However, we need look no further than the God-man, Jesus Christ. He set the example.
Jesus made disciples by doing life with them. Life was His classroom, and the Scriptures were His text. We are wise to do the same by coming alongside others and encouraging them in their faith. We are to direct them to the Bible as they face decisions and difficulties in life so they will become disciplined in godly living. A disciple is a disciplined one, and discipline is not learned in a weekly Bible study. Discipleship requires us to share the journey of life together. This was Jesus’ way. He called men to follow Him. “Follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” The Apostle Paul gave similar instruction, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ (1 Cor 11:1).” Christ is the blueprint. We discipline ourselves to live as Christ, and we instruct and encourage others to do the same.
Dear Christian, I pray you will be teachable by others who are more mature in Christ. Learn from those who have insights and experiences that will benefit your ability to live for Christ. I also pray you will actively invest into the lives of others. Pray diligently for others. Serve them with sincere compassion, and encourage them in their journey toward mature faith. There is no room on the bench for God’s people. Making disciples is for all of us. So get in the game.
2 Timothy 2:2 – The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.