Very, very few people in the history of the world can make a legitimate claim to being an Apostle of Jesus Christ. That term is generally limited to the original twelve Apostles, plus Paul plus Matthias who replaced Judas Iscariot. However, millions upon millions of people can make the legitimate claim of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Technically, a disciple is a follower and a learner. Everyone who claims Jesus as Lord is to be a disciple of The Christ. Not only are Christians to be disciples themselves, they are also to be making disciples. This is very plain in what Christ’s last instructions were (Matthew 28:18-20). The sad fact is that most Christians do not make disciples. No church will grow without a sizeable contingency of its membership being active in discipleship. No Christian will spiritually grow unless he or she is passing along the faith by sharing life and actively leading another person into a deeper walk.
Monday…Pray today that the Lord will put someone on your heart with whom you can begin a relationship the end goal of which is that you will be spiritually impacting that other life. See John 15:8 for our marching orders.
Tuesday…I read today that the cost to raise a baby (without college costs figured in) is about $250,000. Having raised three, I believe it! Babies are helpless. Children only a little less so. If proper nutrition, care, shelter, food, etc., are not provided, death will inevitably follow. So it is with baby Christians. They have no chance unless a mature believer comes alongside—and soon! Will you be that person for someone?
Wednesday…A remarkable story in your Bible is to be found “between the lines.” You will recall that Paul refused Barnabas’ request to take John Mark along on a missionary journey because John Mark had quit on a previous journey. Yet in II Timothy 4:11, Paul requests that Mark visit him in prison and compliments him! In the years between Mark’s failure and success, you can bet that Barnabas…and others…discipled him! May we never give up on anyone!
Thursday…Who discipled you? Who poured their life in to you? Whose face do you see as your spiritual mentor? Will anyone see your face as they are asked these same questions? See Luke 16:9
Friday…Do you ever have an, “I don’t want to be bothered” attitude? I confess that I sometimes do. Aren’t we all so very glad that Jesus did not say that as He faced the cross? In the Garden He said, “Not my will, Father, but your will be done.” Surely it is God’s will for each of us that we allow ourselves to be “bothered” by others and not retreat into ourselves.