Begin With the End in Mind

As the old saying goes, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” This adage helps us to remember how important it is to work toward goals and objectives in whatever we do. If this is important in everything we are involved in, how much more so when it comes to things that are eternal – God, His Word, and the souls of men? What are the goals the Disciple Maker is working toward? As I examine the New Testament, I believe there are two main goals of a Disciple Maker. 1. To equip believers to grow and mature 2. To empower believers to equip others This week’s post will consider the first major goal, and next week’s will deal with the second. 1. To equip believers to grow and mature Notice Paul’s “mission statement” in the Book of Colossians. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28 ESV) Paul was not content simply to lead others to faith in Christ. His desire was to help them to come to full stature! He wanted to “present everyone mature in Christ.” He had this “end in mind” to equip believers to become whole-hearted followers of Jesus! Notice what he says in Colossians 2: Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 ESV) In this text, his desired “end in mind” is that believers be “established in the faith.” He would not be content with these believers just being evangelized! His great passion was that they be “rooted and built up” in foundational truth! Those who are “established in the faith” would be Disciple Makers or leaders of Disciple Makers. Are you beginning your Discipleship group with the “end in mind?”