Why We Don’t Make Disciples – Part 4: Unexpected Benefits

When it comes to making disciples, we’ve found all sorts of creative reasons to not do it. Sometimes, it’s the uncertainty of the untraveled territory of discipleship that keeps us from making disciples. It can be easy to let fear keep us from doing something we’re called by Jesus to do.

But other times, we hear “make disciples” and then take a look at our surroundings. We are surrounded by people, we are overwhelmed by work, and we feel like the things we are already doing are hanging on by a thread. But if we use the excuse of “I just don’t have time to take on one more thing,” we are missing out on the undeniable—and unexpected—benefits that making disciples will have on your life.

Change the World

Whenever someone enters the ministry, they often have the mindset of wanting to change the world with the Gospel. You have a fire in your belly to go where Jesus tells you to go, to take the Gospel to the people who haven’t heard it, and to help people mature into the types of believers that Jesus would have them be.

But soon, you are overwhelmed by writing sermons, planning events, and making sure the church is headed in a biblical and God-honoring direction. Too many of us start seeing the minutiae in our ministries that we miss the mission.

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By engaging in making disciples, not only will you be accomplishing everything you set out to do when you began your work in the ministry, you will be accomplishing the exact thing that Jesus expected you to do, and you will be actively engaged in a movement that has the very real possibility of changing the world as we know it.

Spiritual Checkups 

Over time, we tend to get sidetracked with all of the little things in ministry and fall away from sustaining a personal walk with The Lord, in which we communicate with Him and read His Word not so that we can teach others but so that we can be spiritually re-filled.

Over time, we tend to get sidetracked with all of the little things in ministry and fall away from sustaining a personal walk with The Lord, in which we communicate with Him and read His Word not so that we can teach others but so that we… Click To Tweet

In the context of a D-Group, you will have others who are walking the same path you are, and who will be holding you accountable as you foster a healthy relationship with God. No matter what your role in the ministry—whether you are one of the ones equipping the saints or you are one of the saints being equipped—discipleship will drive you into the Word and help you cultivate healthy spiritual habits that will last for a lifetime.

Personal Reformation

I do not have enough time to share all of the stories of personal transformation that I’ve personally seen through discipleship. I’ve seen marriages restored, relationships with children revitalized, and personal roadblocks overcome—all because the course of the disciple’s life was rooted and grounded in God’s Word.

Making disciples is not a remedy for the things that are going wrong; it is the foundation on which you build your life. If we want to build stronger churches, marriages, and personal walks with God, we should start making disciples. Once you start getting into the Word until the Word gets into you, it will work on you from the inside out, overflowing into every facet of your life.

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