Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Go and make disciples...

Jesus said, “go and make disciples of all nations.”

Many Christians in our country hear the word "go" and "nations" and they immediately let themselves off the hook for their responsibility for making disciples.

Why?

Because they are not going to other nations. They are staying in this nation.

Thus disciplemaking in our country gets relegated to those who are in full-time ministry and those who serve as foreign missionaries.

How is this working for us?

Let's be honest. It's not.

But all is not lost... yet.

Consider this...
If you're a follower of Jesus, you've been commanded by Jesus to "go and make disciples of all nations"—and that includes the nation in which YOU live.

Before you worry about whether or not God might send you to another nation, why not first live as a Jesus-like disciplemaker in the nation in which you now live?  After all, if you don't live with Jesus' heart and passion for making disciples now and here, you'll won't magically live like with it simply by going overseas.

Going overseas does not a missionary make.

So what might living as a Jesus-like disciplemaker look like in a 21st century Western world?

* Are you a stay-at-home mom?
Go about every part of mothering in a God-honoring way AND seek to make disciples of those who cross your life's path—starting with your kids, other mothers, etc.

* Are you a student?
Go about every part of being a student in a God-honoring way AND seek to make disciples of those who cross your path—starting with your friends at school.

* Are you in business?
Go about every part of business in a God-honoring way AND seek to make disciples of those who cross your path—starting with your colleagues.

* Are you on staff at a church or ministry?
Go about every part of your job in ministry in a God-honoring way AND seek to make disciples of those who cross your path—starting with volunteers and students.

* Are you a construction worker?
Go about every part of your construction job in a God-honoring way AND seek to make disciples of those who cross your path—starting with your coworkers.

* Are you in healthcare?
Go about every part of your job helping people with wellness in a God-honoring way AND seek to make disciples of those who cross your path—starting with coworkers and patients.

* Are you a farmer? 
Go about every part of farming in a God-honoring way AND seek to make disciples of those who cross your path—starting with your neighbors, friends, and associates.

* Are you a _________ ?
Go about every part of your job as a ________ in a God-honoring way AND seek to make disciples of those who cross your path.

Get the idea?

Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

But let’s be honest. Most of us are not living with this kind of disciplemaking intentionality.

This must change. Jesus wants us to bring his disciplemaking intentionality and proactivity to every nook and cranny of our lives—and ultimately to the whole world. Disciplemaking like Jesus isn’t something you add on to your life, it’s a way of life (1 John 2:6 and 1 Corinthians 4:16-17).

Here’s some good news:
Jesus isn’t asking you to form so many different circles of relationships that you’ll never be able to manage them all.

Here’s the challenge:
Jesus wants you to bring disciplemaking intentionality and proactivity to all of your relationships right now wherever you are.

The questions is: Will you?

If you're open to living this way of life, start here.

If you want more about pursuing a Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life, the Disciplemaking Is Relationships training experience is for you—whether you're a stay-at-home mom, a student, a volunteer, or a paid ministry leader.
For details on this training experience, go here.

Who knows? Maybe if we try to live Jesus' heart for making disciplemakers here and now, our hearts will be so transformed we'll want to "go and make disciples of all nations."

It's just a thought. :  )




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