This thought made me stop and think carefully about my own commitment to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19 and whether I have been effective in teaching others to make disciples. If Jesus were to evaluate my faithfulness to this simply command on a success or failure rating, I am afraid I would fail.
What is the key to being successful in this requirement? The command in verse 19 is, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” This is followed in verse 20 with instructions how to make disciples; “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” The word “observe” means to “obey, keep or guard” as you would guard something of extreme value. Understanding the word “all” would prevent us from being selective about what we want to obey!
As disciple makers, there is another motive behind the command that is critical to our success in making disciples. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). In others words, our success in making disciples depends on our love for Him. First, we obey, and then we teach others to obey. Disciples will not learn to obey the commands of Jesus unless they see us following His teaching carefully in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The process is so simple. Where we have failed is in not keeping to the simple model. The percentage of believers who are making other disciples is very small. The disciple making principle is for ALL believers. When this principle is understood, we will go from adding disciples to multiplying disciples.
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