“….“I have been given all authority in Heaven and on the earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all of the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””
When Jesus was just about to leave earth after His bodily resurrection, He commissioned His disciples with the words found in today’s verse. Those same words are applicable to our lives and that commission stands as our commission too. Not only are we to be a light to the world, but also we are to disciple people into a loving relationship with the Father.
When someone gives their life to Jesus, surrenders their own will and desires and accepts God’s loving gift of salvation, they enter into a relationship with Jesus. Our walk and journey with Christ is not always easy as there are so many distraction in this world to lead us away from spending time with Christ and staying faithful to Him. This is where discipling comes in. We are called to help young believers along the path of life, as they walk and journey into new depths in their relationship with Christ. In truth, as a Bible College lecturer once said, ‘in our lives there should be at least one person you are discipling and one person you are being discipled from‘. We all can benefit from discipleship.
So what is discipleship? It is spending time with someone, showing them what Jesus taught His own disciples. Or as Jesus put in His words, “teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” In essence, discipleship is journeying along side someone, teaching them how to live lives as sons and daughters of God. If you feel that task is too daunting or feel like you are not good enough, then think again. Jesus Himself assured us that He will be with us, even to the end of the age! That means forever. Go and make disciples of many!
Discipleship is the most difficult task for us to do. But as you do, like having a vibrant life or keep life fresh to yourself and to others, people themselves will come to you naturally.