Day 1: Disciples Make Disciples
Who has had a great influence on your life for Christ? What qualities did this person have that enabled him or her to have such an influence on you?
I have asked hundreds of people these questions. No one has ever said he was helped because the person was so intellectual or had such a dynamic personality or was so good-looking!
What they do say is that it was the person’s relationship with people and God that really mattered:
• “He really cared for me.”
• “She had such a genuine interest in me.”
• “He believed in me.”
• “He had a close walk with God.”
• “She took the time to listen to me. She was open and honest.”
To underline the truth that the qualities of a disciplemaker are available to all of us, our Lord seemed deliberately to train those who “were unschooled, ordinary men” (Acts 4:13) and leave His work in their hands.
Yes, Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 applied to the original disciples, applied to disciples through the years, and reaches this generation—God desires you to be a disciple who makes disciples!
As you read the Great Commission, which phrase do you think best sums up the essence of disciplemaking?