You’re called to it. Did you know that?
If you proclaim Jesus as your savior, you are called to be a disciple and to make more disciples.
First off, what does it mean to be a disciple? The greek word mathétés is translated in our english bibles as disciple. The definition of mathétés (according to the internet) is a learner, disciple, pupil. I’ve also heard the words apprentice and follower thrown out as well. So in order to BE a disciple, I must have a heart that is willing to learn and grow in maturity in my walk with God.
Now to MAKE disciples. This means I must be willing to teach and mentor. That is my call. That is your call.
I think discipleship freezes when we think we are not knowledgeable enough. We think we don’t have enough scripture memorized. We think we won’t know the answers when someone asks a tough question. We think we aren’t far enough in our walk with God to have words of wisdom to offer.
Well guess what? You don’t have enough scripture memorized, you don’t know all the answers, and you are still called to disciple others.
You have been entrusted with literally the most wonderful news. And you need to teach others what you know. Mentor someone. Teach them the things you are learning. Tell them you don’t have all the answers.
Discipleship comes in all sorts of fashions. Sometimes it looks like leading a bible study. Sometimes it looks like teaching your children about Christ. Sometimes it looks like preaching in front of an entire church. Sometimes it looks like meeting a friend for coffee monthly.
It’s scary to disciple someone. My husband and I lead a bible study through our church and we constantly feel ill-equipped and we are scared often. We often wonder if we are doing things correctly or if we are providing correct scriptures to questions. We fail often but at the same time we are being obedient to what God has called us to and we trust that His grace will redeem the places where we are weak in discipling others.
Be confident in what God has entrusted you with. Even if you don’t have all the answers, it’s okay. None of us do. But we need to be the iron that sharpens iron for one another. Claiming the Lord as your savior means you are His disciple which means he has equipped you to make disciples. You are equipped.
Think of yourself as Obi-Wan Kenobi. You need to train up your apprentices well so that you may send them off to be an even better Jedi than yourself.
May the force be with you. The Jesus force.
*So cheesy. I am fully aware.*
“…Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20