One of the earliest examples in the New Testament, of disciples making other disciples, came from the influence on John the Baptist. His ministry of preaching repentance had developed a few disciples who stayed with John, though his message was not well received by the Jewish leaders. On one occasion, “John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus” (John 1:35–37).
We can only imagine the training John put into these two men that caused them to immediately leave John, their teacher, and follow Jesus. There was no jealousy with John (see also 4:1-2). His ministry was driven by the knowledge that Jesus was the Messiah and must be followed because of what the prophets told of him. Even when these two were challenged by Jesus, “What are you seeking?” they did not hesitate to request going with Him to the place where He was staying. “He said to them, “Come and you will see”” (1:38-39).
I believe without a shadow of a doubt that the first responsibility of a disciple-maker is developing in disciples a passionate desire to walk close with the Lord. This is the core ingredient of a disciple. Without this there will be little gained in the discipling process. The presence of Christ and His glory, transforms by the power of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Are you discipling, and is this essential element first in your training?
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