But this time, I dare you to stop and ponder it for a moment. Consider this question:How would Jesus’ eleven disciples have understood Jesus’ command to “make disciples”?If you’ll graciously allow me more than a little poetic license here, I’d like to take a shot at answering that question. When Jesus commanded his original eleven disciples to “make disciples,” I suggest that they would have heard something like this:“Guys, you know what I’ve done with you for the last three-and-a-half years? Repeat that in the exact same way over and over again. Starting right now as you go about your lives, do exactly what I did with you… with others… and help them do it with others without ever stopping. When you tell others about me, some will believe and follow me. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Be sure to pull them close—like I did with you—and show them how to love God, love people, and make disciples… until every ethnic group in the world has disciples who are making more disciples. As you live my disciple-making way of life, you can have full assurance of my presence, power, and provision—for I am always with you.”
Discipleship isn’t a program. It’s a method for reaching the world of the Gospel. It’s amazing what happens when we follow the method Jesus gave us for growing His Church.