Every follower of Christ is a disciple maker. Our actions influence people. If we are lukewarm in our faith in Jesus, we will encourage lukewarm living in others. If we love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and mind then we encourage others to do the same. We are disciple makers.
Jesus demonstrated four simple actions of making disciples in the Gospel of John. His first action is found in John 1, the day after He was baptized. John the Baptist introduced two of his followers to Jesus. They asked Him “where are you staying?” Jesus replied simply “come and see.” They spent the rest of the day with Jesus making up their own mind about Him.
Andrew was convinced. Immediately he urged his brother Peter to come see Jesus; the next day another disciple, Phillip invited his good friend Nathanael to “come and see.” Every follower can start here. To your neighbors, family, and friends the invitation is to “come and see” that Jesus is Savior and Lord. “Come to Bible study with me and see for yourself.” “Come worship with me and see who Jesus really is.” “Come minister to the needs of others with me and see God work.” “Come and see.”
When the disciples came to see Jesus, He said to them “follow Me!” This is the second simple action of discipleship, the call to “come and follow” Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord. This is Christ’s command for abundant life. It was His call to Nicodemus to be “born again.” It’s His call today to surrender our way to God’s way and follow Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord.
Once the decision to follow Jesus is made, God changes your heart, the Holy Spirit dwells in your life, and the process of life long transformation begins. What follows in the book of John is shared life between Jesus and His disciples. They listen to His teaching, they follow His example, they bring others to Him. This is the third simple action of disciples: learning to do all that Christ commands. We call this third simple action “Come obey.”
If we are prayer warriors, meditating on the scriptures for daily devotion to Christ, faithfully sharing with others the hope we have in Christ, cheerful stewards of all that God has given us, we encourage these same spiritual disciplines in others that result in growing disciples. Our actions influence others to follow us as we follow Jesus. In effect we are calling them to “Come obey” God’s perfect will.
GO, MAKE DISCIPLES
Finally, Jesus sends His disciples to make disciples. “As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” (John 20:21). In Matthew 28:19 Jesus says, “Go . . . Make disciples of all nations.” This is the fourth simple action of discipleship: helping others help others find abundant life in Christ.
“Come see” “Come follow” “Come obey” and “Go, make disciples.” Four simple discipleship actions! How amazing would it be if we all identified one friend in each of the four stages of life in Christ and purposely invested in eternity?