Are you really interested in making Disciples for Jesus Christ?
“I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'” Acts 26:17-18
Andrew Carnegie once said: “The older I get the less I listen to what people say. I just watch what they do.” I would like for you to ask yourself, am I really interested in making Disciples for Jesus Christ? Do I really want to do this? I hope that you are one of those faithful disciples who care enough about people in need of God and you want to help them to have a relationship with God. Many church members are more upset over their favorite team losing a game than over the many people who are lost without God and without hope in our community. When are we going to do something about it? When are we going to stop waiting for someone else to help these people and their families? Wake up. If we do not do it, who will do it? It takes a Christian disciple like you to bring people to Christ and to the church family.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). Disciples making new disciples is what Jesus asks the church to do. If you have experienced the grace and forgiveness of Jesus, were fed by His Word and blessed by His grace, then can you obey His command to go make disciples. You are it. No one else is coming. There is no alternative rescue mission. You are it. I have heard all the high-sounding excuses, like “But I really do care. I just don’t know what to do.” Jesus will guide you every step of the way. Like the Good Samaritan, loving your neighbor is something you do, not something you say. Discipleship is simply one person caring enough about another person to bring them into a relationship with God.
So, what can you do? How can you be that faithful disciple-making person? Let us get practical. You can start by praying and asking a neighbor if he or she would like to have a cup of coffee. Ask about their family. Ask about their work and share, “I attend church at Christ United Methodist and we would love to take you to visit my church. It is an amazing place where the love of God is real.” Then follow the conversation wherever it leads. Just take a person as far as he or she wants to go toward Jesus at that particular moment. God is not holding you accountable to produce a particular outcome. However, God is expecting you to be a faithful disciple.
Do you really care about what happens to people who are lost and hopeless? Then pray for people in your community and go to share the love of God with someone who needs it, someone who needs hope or someone who needs a friend. Go and share the good news of salvation.
In Christ Service, Pastor Lia