As the eve of Lord Jesus’ triumph over evil approaches, believer’s thoughts turn to His last instructions. He instructed His followers to go into the whole world preaching about the kingdom of heaven and making disciples. Many have a heart to see His kingdom spread throughout the Earth, but how to go about it may be a mystery. Exactly how does one make a disciple?
First, take one portion of humble pie. Jesus told the disciples that all authority in heaven and Earth had been given to Him. Then, based on His authority, they were to spread the good news that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. As a follower of Jesus, it takes humility to submit to His authority and do as He commands.
Humility also helps one understand that making disciples isn’t about them, but about Him. It takes humility to point others to God while we are still being perfected ourselves.
Add a helping of obedience. Jesus said that if we love Him we will obey Him. There are many things that He taught His disciples. When He told them to go make disciples, He said to teach them everything they had learned from Him. Therefore, believers are to teach, among other things, the importance of loving and obeying Him.
Wash it all down with a slug of power juice. Jesus told His disciples that the kingdom of heaven did not come in word but in demonstration of His power (see Acts 1:8 and 1Corinthians 4:20). This power is supplied by His Holy Spirit. In The Royalty Principle – a Guide to Reigning in the Kingdom of Heaven (a 10-week study on making disciples), the author writes, “Convincing people of sin is not up to us, it is the Holy Spirits job. We can simply ask our Father to show us who has been convicted by the Holy Spirit, because only God knows the hearts of men. When He does [show us someone], then we can share with them our story of how we received Jesus’ saving grace.”
Finally, delight in the sweet treat of His Word. The ability to hear the voice of God speaking to us is an absolute necessity. One of the ways our heavenly Father speaks is through His Word. Young believers should be guided to and through it so they can become mature in their faith.
Jesus explained why it was important to make disciples when His followers asked Him how they would know when the end of the world was near. He told them, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matt. 24:14 KJV)
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