I want to continue with the story from John 1. While this passage is not directly related to disciple making, it has in it the embryo of this principle. Though John the Baptist made disciples in his ministry, he intentionally released them to become greater disciples by following Jesus. I have often said to those I mentor and work with, “I want you to become better and more effective in ministry than I am”. That was the principle that John and Paul modeled.
In John 1:40-42, one of John’s two disciples who saw Jesus and followed Him was Andrew. In the very short time that he was in the presence of Jesus, he saw something that was so attractive and compelling, that Andrew “first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus.” Notice these points about this process:
We know from the Gospels and the Book of Acts that Peter became a powerful servant in God’s hand under the control of the Spirit. In a sense, Peter became more effective than his brother Andrew. Are you willing to be an influence in someone else’s life so they are discipled into a closer, fruitful walk with the Lord?
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