Title: Called to Make Disciples
Author: Stacey Crawford
Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
The above passage is one I have heard for years, this idea that we are called to go into the world and make disciples. For years, I sort of wrestled with this, as I didn’t know exactly what being a disciple meant. I didn’t know how to teach others to be disciples. After all, isn’t that the pastor’s job?
The truth is that all of us who follow Christ, the body, are called to go out and make disciples. And what I love is this isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. We all have the same calling to go make disciples, but the way we accomplish this will look different for each person. Some individuals feel a tug to feed the hungry and dedicate their lives to helping the needy. Some people are called to be missionaries in foreign countries, taking the Word of God to countries that have yet to hear about Him. Some are called to be leaders in the church who disciple people on a regular basis. Others are called to be teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers, police officers, tattoo artists, and the list goes on.
God has designed each of us differently. We all have unique qualities that allow us to be able to minister and disciple differently. The calling may be the same across the board, but the way it is accomplished is different for all of us. God has designed me with a heart that longs to make people feel welcomed and comfortable. So, I have the ability to disciple people and usher them into the body of Christ. Another way I am called to disciple is by being a mom. I am doing my best to teach my daughter about God in hopes that one day she too will be a disciple of Christ.
What about you? Where has God placed you in your life? Are you a parent? You are called to disciple your children. Are you spouse? You are called to disciple your spouse. Where do you work? You are called to be a witness and disciple others. Do you consider the Tree Church your home? You are called to disciple here at church, through being a part of a Connect Group or joining one of our volunteer teams.
It doesn’t matter where you find yourself, what your skill set is, or who you are around. Our mission is to go out into the world, to the places where God has placed us, and to teach others about Him. You don’t have to be a deep theological thinker who knows the Bible inside and out. The best way to be and make disciples is through your example. By speaking, acting, and thinking like Christ, you are setting an example for the rest of the world to follow. Let’s do our part and show the world a better way. Let’s be an example others will want to follow. It is our job to tell others about Jesus, knowing He will be with us to lead every step of the way. Let’s go out this week and share Jesus with those we come in contact with. Go out and make disciples wherever you go!