Is there a connection between “disciple-making” and “equipping the saints”? The passages of
Scripture I refer to here are familiar to anyone in any Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church. But, do we think of these subjects as separate themes or a continuation from one to the other?
We often quoted Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” How is that done? As Jesus left the eleven disciples, they “went out and preached everywhere” (Mark 16:20). Paul refers to the central reason for God calling him; “though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). In the next chapter, Paul provides the reason for Christ giving certain gifts in the body of Christ; “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (4:12).
My point in this blog is that there is no stage of a Christian’s life where you have nothing to do. Disciple-making and equipping others is a continuum that never stops as long as we are here on earth. The work is not finished until Jesus returns for His Church and Bride. The challenge for all of us is getting involved in the work. If you are not involved in some way, either making disciples or equipping them to make other disciples, then you are not fulfilling your role.
The reward of being involved is only received and enjoyed as you are in the work. Those who are idle miss the Master’s commendation; “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in a little…Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21, 23). DON’T MISS THE BEST!
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