Discipleship rings true in my heart. In my younger years as a college student, men who were following Jesus intentionally took time to pour into me. Evidently, they saw something in me (hopefully Jesus). :-)
I have found myself over the past week in multiple settings in multiple states, and discipleship continues to ring true in my heart. I personally meet with multiple men on a weekly and bi-weekly basis, doing life with them and trying to encourage them in their faith and life. At times, I wonder what I have to offer them. As those relationships grow, I try to spend time with new guys who need the same encouragement and push.
The call to "go and make disciples of all nations..." is real. It should convict each follower of Jesus to our souls. Each one of us, whether we are vocationally working for "a church" or not have the same calling in this regard.
To see the Kingdom grow, and the Gospel advance, we must be ready to make sacrifices to make disciples. It is a sacrifice of time. It is a sacrifice of energy. It is a sacrifice of emotion. Men, no longer can you spend 15 hours a weekend watching football. Women, no longer can you spend hours everyday pinning things on Pinterest. While this are obviously just arbitrary examples, I think most of you understand what I mean.
We need to be men, and women, who take the matter of discipleship seriously both inside our homes and out. We are not perfect. We never will be. We will probably always have fleeting feelings of inadequacy. "Why would this person want to spend time with me in my life and grow together...what can I offer?" will often ring in my head like a clanging bell. However-God calls us to make disciples-to share life with each other in order for growth and encouragement to occur, for the Glory of God. To open the Word of God, and figure out together how to follow Jesus with our lives.
So the question is-who are you discipling, and who is discipling you? It's less about a programmatic idea, and more about an intentional, life giving idea. Whose life are you intentionally pouring into, from what the Lord has showed you, so that he or she may pour into someone else?
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
Matthew is 34 years old and currently lives in St Louis, Missouri with his wife Leslie. He serves as the Associate Pastor at The Groves Church, in Webster Groves, Missouri.