As a follower of Jesus Christ, I firmly believe that one of the most critical pursuits we can undertake is discipling others. Discipling is all about pouring into people’s lives, aiding them in their spiritual growth, and empowering them to positively impact the world for the Kingdom of God. It is not merely a suggestion but a royal summons that Jesus has extended to each of us.
The Apostle Paul’s message to Timothy offers a clear example of the importance of discipling others. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul instructs, “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.” This verse epitomizes the essence of discipling. We are to transmit what we have learned to others, who will then pass it along to still more people.
When I contemplate the urgency of discipling, I am reminded of Jesus’s words in Matthew 28:19-20. He commanded, “Therefore, 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.” This mandate from Jesus is not negotiable. It is something we must take seriously because the stakes are exceedingly high. If we truly love Jesus, we must obey His directive! Billions will perish unless they hear and receive the Gospel call.
The world is in dire need of disciples who are committed to following Jesus and positively impacting their communities. We require individuals who are willing to invest in the lives of others, walk alongside them, assist them in their spiritual growth, and teach them the very Words of God from the Bible. Lazy excuses won’t cut it; we need men willing to step beyond their comfort zones and engage with the world around them about the saving message of Jesus.
Discipling is not only for pastors or church leaders; it is for every follower of Jesus. We all have a role to play in discipling and helping others mature in their faith. Whether it involves mentoring one-on-one, leading a small group, or merely pouring into the lives of those around us, we can all make a difference.
So, let me ask you, men (and women): are you investing in the lives of other Christians? Are you discipling those around you? Are you taking the lead and training your family at home in spiritual matters? If not, I urge you to begin today.”
So, let me ask you, men (and women): are you investing in the lives of other Christians? Are you discipling those around you? Are you taking the lead and training your family at home in spiritual matters? If not, I urge you to begin today. Don’t procrastinate until tomorrow or next week. The need is too pressing, and the time is too short. Remember the urgency of Jesus’s mandate to make disciples. And let us all commit to being faithful to that summons.
In closing, I leave you with Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” May we all be willing to share not just the Gospel but our lives with those around us out of a deep affection for them.