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Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples…”

Alex and I started a discipleship group at our home last Saturday morning. We are hoping to always be disciples who make disciples. We started out with these statements for our group discussion (Peter Scazzero):

  • I feel confident of my adoption as God’s son/daughter and rarely, if ever, question his acceptance of me.
  • I love to worship God by myself as well as with others.
  • I spend regular quality time in the Word of God and in prayer.
  • I sense the unique ways God has gifted me individually and am actively using my spiritual gifts for his service.
  • I am a vital participant in a community with other believers.
  • It is clear that my money, gifts, time and abilities are completely at God’s disposal and not my own.
  • I consistently integrate my faith in the marketplace and the world.

I loved and appreciated the level of honesty with which we could answer and discuss these statements as it applied to our own lives. Being a disciple is going to cost us something. It will cost us time together over a period. Time over time. Discipleship is a state being. It means we must stay alert to whatever God is doing and to stay close to His Word. It means participating in the world, even though we are no longer of this world.

Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow me.” He also said: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

This means Christians should help other Christians grow in their walk with Christ. That is indeed our intent – to help each other grow, to hold each other accountable, to reflect Christ in whatever we do, wherever we find ourselves. Look at these statements for yourself.
Disciples serve others without looking for reciprocity. John Bunyan wrote: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

Christ did for me, for you something that we can never repay Him for – He gave his life, so that we can live. Forever a disciple of Jesus Christ