21 Oct The Hardest Work
Today’s reading [DAY 32] is near and dear to my heart. In fact, it’s the actual *heart* of this ministry – fulfilling Jesus’ great commission to all believers to make disciples (who make disciples).
Making disciples is the hardest work I’ve ever loved. Much like raising kids, it’s an eternal investment. Jesus didn’t say, “Go and make Christians.” What Jesus did say was, “Go- and make disciples.” So, what’s the difference in a “Christian” and a “disciple”? Is there one? Can you be a Christian without being a disciple? Can you be a disciple without being a Christian?
The word “Christian” is used 7 times in the New Testament; but “disciple” is used over 260 times. Repetitive words represent importance, so there’s particular significance in being a disciple. But what does that mean?
In Jesus’ final words to his disciples he sends them off with this command: “Jesus said, ‘Go out and make disciples… Then disciple them. Form them in the practices and postures that I have taught you, and show them how to follow the commands I have laid down for you…” (Matt.28:19-20, The Voice).”
In context what Jesus is saying to us is, “Go- and make disciples who will make disciples…” Essentially, “Go, raise up some spiritual babies; pour your life into them, nurture them in their faith, teach them what you know of Me and how I’ve worked in your life, and show them how to follow Me and make disciples.”
It starts with obedience and trust. Trust God that if he calls you to it he will see you through it. Jesus never commands us to go anywhere that he doesn’t go with us, or do anything that he doesn’t do with us. When he says, “Go…and make disciples… and I’ll be with you,” he means it.
I love y’all!⠀
xo – P ❤️
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20