Often times, we get stuck in the grand gestures of life. I know I can get paralyzed by the fact that I can never be Elijah or Paul or Peter. Their ministries had flashy and moments of grandeur that I know I could never match. But making disciples, something God has called all of us to do, doesn’t always manifest itself in huge ways. Instead of getting stuck in those mountaintop moments, here are 3 ways you can make disciples every day.
- Inviting someone to church.
When is the last time you asked someone to join you on Sunday or Wednesday or even just a social lunch at church? It’s easy to make excuses, to claim that people are too busy or those you know already go to church, but this simple invitation can be extended to anyone you come in contact with. Strike up a conversation at the coffee shop or as you’re waiting in line for lunch. Ask God to reveal opportunities to invite people. You’d be surprised what you find.
- Ask for prayer requests.
Even to our non-christian friends, asking for prayer requests is usually met with gratitude. What amazes me is their surprise and genuine thankfulness when I ask how I can pray for them or just let them know I am praying for them. To a world that is so me-centric, prayer is a breath of fresh air, an oasis in a desert.
- Tell your testimony.
One of our greatest assets in reaching the people around us is our story. The trials we went through can bring comfort to those currently going through similar situations. And the triumphs can be reminders of God’s grace and provision. Our testimony is not simply our life story, but the powerful example of how God can work in each of our lives and can resonate deeply to the world around us, if we only allow it.
Discipleship does not have to be daunting or complicated. It is simply reaching out to the people around us and helping them connect with Jesus Christ. It is the call to shine the light of Christ in a dark and hungry world.