How are we supposed to make disciples? A disciple of Jesus is a follower of His, one who worships Him, a servant for Him, and a witness for Him. This is so much more than getting people to say prayers of salvation, or what we hear called ‘asking Jesus into their hearts.’ We are to teach them to observe all that He has commanded us. That takes investment, and it takes authenticity. The best way to make disciples is to make sure that WE are His disciples, and that WE are continuing to grow in Christlikeness.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Many say they believe that Jesus is Lord; demons believe Jesus is Lord (Luke 4:34, 4:41, 8:28). Many say they believe in their hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead; Satan knows that God raised Jesus from the dead. We won’t see Satan in heaven. How do we make sure that we and those we disciple aren’t one of those who Jesus describes in Matthew 7:21-23, who says “Lord, Lord,” and yet Jesus says, “I never knew you”?
We’d better be sold out, all in, surrendered followers of Jesus. We’d better be separated from this world and its ways (1 John 2:15-16). We’d better be living confident, victorious lives full of the joy and peace that come from believing with all our hearts in our Father’s promises to us. Having that faith, that trust, and that passion about Jesus and what He did for us is what it means to “believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead.” Do YOU believe it? Are YOU living it? Make sure those you disciple understand that it’s more than a one-time prayer. Their lives depend on it.
Today in Prayer
- Pray for courage to stand up against sin.
- Pray that you would be a vigilant watchman for God’s people.
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor. ” – Charles Spurgeon
“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity
without Christ.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer