Just as a surgeon, master plumber, or carpenter has instruments and assistants he utilizes to accomplish his work with expertise, so God has instruments and partners that He works with in raising up disciples.
“Wait a minute, Doug. You’re saying we can’t make disciples? You just told us that we are commissioned to make disciples. You even gave us some principles regarding what our disciplemaking should look like! Can you make up your mind?”
What are some important things to remember as we begin to take seriously this idea of making disciples? First and foremost, let’s take a cue from the apostle Paul regarding what the foundation of disciplemaking is meant to be.
One of the greatest dangers as a person launches into a disciplemaking ministry is the temptation towards pride, performance, and arrogance. How do we keep our commitment to follow from becoming just one more attempt to perform for God?
If we are to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and join God in His Kingdom purposes in our time, we must know what we are aiming at. What are the characteristics we would hope to see in someone who identifies themselves as a follower of Jesus?
If you were to have a conversation with some apple trees, you might discover a few vital things we should know at the outset of making disciples.
We can find a hint to the beginnings of disciplemaking if we look to the creation narrative. In whose image were we created, and why?
God intends for us to have and display His power each and every day. It’s the good news of the indwelling Christ—“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27 NIV). Are you experiencing it?
What would life be like if we truly believed what we read about Jesus in Colossians?
Good news: eternal life starts now. We can expect daily abundance from the hand of the God who dwells in us--wonderful news for right here, today.