Matthew 28:19 -20 states “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Followers of Christ are called to make disciples, but if someone asked you to define biblical discipleship or what it means to make disciples, what would you tell them? “Make disciples” in the Greek describes a continual learning and teaching, and disciple has become synonymous with words like student or follower.
But what is discipleship?
Have you ever had that christian friend that somehow always had the right words to say? The friend who gives words of wisdom during times of confusion. Comfort during the storms. Share in your joy during times of celebration.
I have been blessed with several who have patiently and willingly listen to my rants and ramblings about life. We sit over coffee or comfort food and allow the joy of friendship and the wisdom of Christ shine through. By the end of the encounter, I have a better understanding of the way God is working in my life.
Then there are those in the Church who challenge me. The friend that looks at me and won’t allow me to be anything less than the best. They drive me absolutely crazy! They never seem to let me rest, even when I explain I’m just so tired of trying. But they make me stronger. They push me and urge me to keep going when I desperately want to give up.
This is what discipleship is.
Too often, we treat the call to make disciples in the church like dropping someone off at a bus station or an airport. We help them pack, we drive them there, give them a good pep talk, then leave. Let them discover the journey on their own. No further action required on our part.
But Christ gave us a different example.
Matthew 28:19-20 isn’t simply calling us to make sure everyone knows about Christ. Or making sure that everyone goes to church. Look at the example Jesus gave us with His 12 disciples. He spent three years investing in them, pouring into them. Jesus taught and comforted and challenged them.
He took them under His care and lived life with them. Jesus called the 12 to His side, urging them to not only listen to what He would teach them, but witness the example He was setting forth and follow Him. Christ lived out His teachings so that the disciples might then go and live out what they had learned and seen, bringing others to do the same.
It is the same call that we have today. Matthew 28 is not telling us to make sure we send out enough pamphlets or tithe just enough or attend church, it is calling us to be the Church by living out boldly and being examples.
This blog is devoted to help us be Christlike examples in our day-to-day lives. Join us on this journey to go out and speak the name of Jesus, pulling others alongside and walking with them in this crazy adventure we call life.