The Beautiful Bride - Week 5, Day 3

COME and GO!

IF… Jesus said, “COME, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people.” AND “GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mark 1:17 and Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

THEN… I will follow Jesus and do the things that Jesus did.  If Jesus lived and died for the salvation of people, then I, too, will invest my time, talents, and treasures in the salvation of people.

When children are born or adopted, they COME into our families, and for a few short years, we train them to bear our name.  When they GO from our homes into the world, we hope that they will both represent our family name well and carry on the family name. A family name dies without offspring who go on to have more offspring.

Please don’t be offended if you are not a parent. Today’s thought is not about being a physical parent; it is about being a spiritual parent, and NO DISCIPLE OF JESUS IS OFF THE HOOK!  WE ARE ALL CALLED TO BE DISCIPLE-MAKERS! In fact, I encourage you to consider the following question: If I am not making disciples or actively preparing myself to do so, can I really call myself a disciple of Jesus?

I must confess that I really wrestled with this question. I hope you also have pondered, prayed and arrived at the conclusion that if we call ourselves disciples of Jesus, we must “Go and make disciples!”  A disciple is someone who follows in the footsteps of the master so closely that he or she learns to think and act like the master (Luke 6:40b). Jesus spent years of His life on earth intentionally training his twelve disciples to make new disciples who would, in turn, make more disciples! Did you notice that reproduction is the KEY to disciple-making in the Kingdom of God? If the disciples of Jesus had not been obedient to the Great Commission, Christianity would have died out before the end of the first century. Where would that leave us today? Likewise, if we are complacent about our calling to make disciples, those who should hear and receive the Good News will not, and the Kingdom of God will suffer. Scripture gives us many examples of the importance of generational training and discipleship.  See the following verses that intentionally bring attention to four generations of discipleship:

Joel 1:3 -Tell it to your children and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.  1. You 2. Your children  3. Their children 4. The next generation

2 Timothy 2:2Paul to Timothy: And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 1. Paul  2. Timothy   3.Reliable people  4.  Others

John 17:20-21 –Jesus: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.1. Jesus 2. Them (Disciples) 3. Those who will believe (Us) 4. The World


The last verse demonstrates that Jesus was a disciple maker so that the world would believe and receive Him. Jesus’ plan and method for reaching the world is YOU! Are you becoming a mature disciple of Christ so that you can make disciples? 

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