It takes more than believing Jesus is who He says he is to be a follower of Christ who makes disciples.
Making disciples is a vital aspect of fulfilling the Great Commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20. Here are a few thoughts on this:
1. Personal Relationship with Jesus: Cultivate and deepen your own relationship with Jesus Christ through regular prayer, studying God’s Word, and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. A genuine and vibrant faith is contagious and draws others to Christ.
2. Live as an Example: Reflect Christ’s love, character, and values in your everyday life. Be intentional about your attitudes, actions, and interactions with others. Let your life be a testimony of the transformation that Christ has brought about in you.
3. Build Authentic Relationships: Develop genuine connections with people, investing time and effort to understand their needs, struggles, and aspirations. Show genuine care, empathy, and compassion, building trust and a foundation for sharing the Gospel.
4. Share the Good News: Communicate the Gospel in a clear and understandable way, both through words and actions. Share how Jesus has transformed your life and the hope found in a relationship with Him. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in each interaction.
5. Teach and Disciple: Walk alongside new believers, teaching them the foundational truths of the Christian faith and helping them grow spiritually. Regularly engage in Bible study, prayer, and mentorship, equipping them to become disciples who make disciples.
6. Empower and Release: Encourage and empower new believers to use their gifts, talents, and passions to serve others and share their faith. Provide opportunities for them to serve within the church and engage in outreach activities, allowing them to experience the joy of impacting others’ lives.
7. Cultivate a Disciple-Making Culture: Foster a community that values discipleship and encourages everyone to engage in the process. Equip believers with resources, tools, and training to effectively share their faith and make disciples.
8. Prayer and Dependence on God: Recognize that true transformation and growth come through the work of the Holy Spirit. Pray consistently for the individuals you are discipling and seek God’s guidance and wisdom throughout the process.
Making disciples is a journey not a destination. This will require a lifestyle of patience, perseverance, and a heart aligned with God’s mission. It’s not a one-time event but an ongoing commitment to helping others encounter and follow Jesus Christ as we learn to live in light of eternity.