If You Are Not Making Disciples – You Are Not Being One
By Darrell Creswell
We should share the gospel and the goodness of grace in our life every opportunity we get. Sometimes, there may be but a moment to say or do something to share the Lord, but we should always plant that seed. Before we follow what’s in it for me, or name it-claim it theology, we are commanded FIRST and foremost to bring the lost to Christ as we share His grace.
Matthew 28:18-20 …..Then Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make disciples of all the people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.”
Jesus is telling us here in Matthew to go and lead the lost to the Cross, that they may obtain salvation. It is our personal responsibility to reach the lost, as each and every one of us are we are ministers of the Gospel by His commission and command.
We in the Body of Christ, and I do not mean the paid ministers, are to be Christ’s conduit of grace to the world. We are to proclaim grace for Him and Him alone – and not for our own profit or any other entity. We are to guide and protect new believers from those in authority not of sound doctrine, who could lead them astray. We are to teach correct and sound doctrine, and biblical principles. To teach it, you have to know it. To make disciples, you have to be one. It is time to stand up and be accounted for as the redeemed of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord needs “warriors” not “wishers” that are always saying, Lord I wish for this, Lord I wish for that. Jesus is telling us he wants us to make disciples.
There is a lot more responsibility than just praying the “sinners prayer” with someone. This is one reason so many in the church have fallen astray and have been carried away by all kinds of weird and strange doctrine – they haven’t been taught to be disciples. There are many today that follow non-biblical, man-made doctrine. Who led them to the Lord, who was responsible for their discipleship? We as the church are not doing our duty as we are ordered to do by Christ himself, and that is make disciples. Many Christians today have lost a sense of Jesus’ presence and purpose among us, and it is because many of us have lost sight of the commission our Lord has clearly given us. Making disciples takes our time and commitment. You can’t make disciples by just going to church for one hour a week, and letting that be the substance and foundation of your walk with the Lord. He requires so much more of us.
I believe in tracts, flyers, books, magazines, papers, chalkboard, anything to spread the Gospel. I believe we need to talk about Jesus and share our faith. But after all that is said and done then it is our responsibility to roll up our spiritual sleeves and get to the job making disciples of those we have shared the gospel with. If you are not making disciples, you are not being a disciple yourself. Many of us “preach” our own personal opinions from beliefs that pass between our lips, instead of teaching His truth through our actions, making disciples and walking in the Spirit of the Lord. Actions require work, and faith without works is dead.
We must prepare the way for our Lord’s second coming and for his kingdom, even as John the Baptist did for his first coming. We must our follow our Lord’s instruction as laid out before us in the Great Commission until he comes, and that is making disciples. Making disciples takes staying power, time, commitment, love and dedication – Everything that Christ did for us on Calvary.