“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations … 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 28:19-20 NLT).
Every believer is tasked to make disciples. If you are one of those who have been seeking for some time for the perfect will of God in your life, then this one is for you. Your marching order is to produce disciples. You don’t just look for new converts, but to make disciples. But you must realize that it takes more of a disciple to produce a disciple. You see, a new convert or a spiritual babe cannot make disciples. Only spiritually mature believers are able to make disciple for Christ.
The disciples of Jesus spent at least three and a half years in preparation before Jesus sent them to make disciples. Spirituality takes time to grow and mature before it produces its fruits. The Bible has given us pointers that will help us fulfill this great commission:
• A disciple abides in the Word of God.
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed” (John 8:31 NKJ).
Abiding in the Word means a continuous feeding on the word of God, having a firm determination to renew one’s mind by molding its reasoning according to the principles of God, and a commitment to obey His word. Jesus wants His disciples to have total obedience to His word. Someone who never questions His word, never doubts His ways, and remains faithful in fulfilling His commands.
1 Peter 2:2 states, “As new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” In order for us to grow spiritually, we must desire the pure milk of the word of God. Christian maturity begins with the believer’s attitude toward the word of God. He must desire the pure word of God. Desire means to crave, to want, to covet, to hunger for, and long for the word of God.
A new born baby needs feeding with the right food; otherwise, the baby will grow with defects. The same is true with born again believers. If they’re not fed with proper food they will grow all right, but with spiritual defects. We have to feed them the right spiritual food. They need the pure and unadulterated word of God, the word without compromise.
The secret of success and prosperity had been revealed long time ago in the word of God. Moses gave a copy of the Law to Joshua and told him to meditate on it, to keep confessing it, and observe it on a daily basis. In short, allow the principles of God, His will, His ways, His wisdom, His faith and His conviction to abide in you. Then you will become successful and prosperous in everything you do.
“This Book of the Law shall depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that it is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8 NKJ).
• A disciple commits to a continuous training to become like the teacher.
“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40 NKJ).
Jesus wants us to make disciples not just converts. A convert doesn’t last long. Yes we could have thousands of people responding during altar call, but are we prepared to usher them to be disciples for Christ? If not then we are leaving them in the hands of the devourer, without protection from the enemy, no guidance and no training for survival.
The goal of every local church is to train members to become leaders and be able to make disciples. Not all can teach, but all can be made into great leaders. Jesus didn’t waste time training His disciple for three years. Jesus had set His goals to guide them, to lead them, to nurture and prepare them for the mission. It was a boot camp to prepare them for the coming spiritual awakening.
In today’s Christian circles, especially the local churches, many local congregations have become social activity conscious. It appears that their goal is not to prepare believers become makers of disciples. Rather, they become entertainment provider “Christian Style” so they say, and a social networking hub. The focus is to imitate the world’s system on how to keep their attendance active.
• A disciple knows how to love the brethren.
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35 NJK)
God is love. Natural man does not know what the love of God is, because God is not in his heart. Natural man may show his concern, his passion, his cares to this world, but he cannot give the love of God. Only those who received Christ have the love of God in their hearts (Romans 5:5).
It always amazes me how people profess they are born again Christians and yet attack, through all medium of communication, some members of the Body of Christ just because they don’t agree in some petty things in the scriptures. You may rebuke a brother, but the Bible warns you to do it in love.
The kingdom of darkness delights to see the children of God fighting against each other. They want to see the church fail its mission. They don’t want to see the kingdom of God expand and make disciples for Christ. The spirit of anti-Christ is behind all of this resistance against the word of God. It is the spirit of anti-Christ that spreads lies and divisions in the church.
One of the many manifestations of the love of God is the dedication of the missionaries and the pioneers for the work of the Lord. They labor with love to advance the kingdom of God, in the city and outside of the city. We have countless beloved brethren all over the world who painstakingly share the good news to the lost, training and making disciples for Jesus.
• A disciple places God first place in his life.
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33 NKJ).
Being a born again Christian is not a boring life. There’s nothing in the Bible that says you have to give up everything in life to become a follower of Christ, or to enjoy being a Christian. No! Not at all! The only thing that Jesus wants you to forsake is sin. He says, “Don’t sin no more.” A follower of Christ can do everything in this world, but sin. As a matter of fact, King David says that the happiest people on earth are those whose sins are forgiven and live with a clean conscience.
In John 20:10, it says, “Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.”
You see, when the disciples committed themselves to follow Christ, they did not literally abandoned their houses, or their families. They still have their homes and families to live with. The issue here is the priority in life. A disciple’s priority in life is the will of God. And that is to love God with all your heart, with your entire mind, and with all your strength.
You must set aside everything for the sake of serving the Lord. You cannot out give God. When you place God as your priority in life, He will exceedingly bless you. When you seek His righteousness and His kingdom first, everything you need in life will be added unto you.