Don’t Do Discipleship, Be a Disciplemaker
Try not to think of discipleship primarily as something you do.
Jesus didn’t do discipleship; He lived it.⇦Tweet that!
His radically simple strategy was to ask His disciples to be with Him, to walk with Him, to eat with Him, to follow Him in everyday life.
Sure, a lot of amazing things happened, but it was mostly about being with Him. Those who weren’t with Him didn’t see and hear the works and words of the Son of God.
It was those who were with Him who later turned the world upside down for Jesus.
The Invitation of a Disciplemaker
Jesus invited those He wanted to lead with these simple words, “come and see” (John 1:39). He quickly followed with “follow me” (John 1:49).
“Come after me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Mark 1:17).
When you and I try to separate discipleship from everyday life it sends a message. “I’m pausing to teach you some important stuff, and then we’ll return to real life.”
I’d be the last one to advocate not sitting down with a new believer to teach him or her the basics of the faith. I’ve written a workbook to help others in discipleship, Beginning in Grace.
However, I know that what those I disciple need most from me is what Jesus gave to His disciples: my life.
Disciplemaking is a sharing of life. The best way to become a disciplemaker is to live the life of a disciplemaker.⇦Tweet that! Asking others to be with you, to see and hear what it looks like and sounds like to follow Jesus in everyday life.
Question: What would be possible in your life if you risked stepping into the brokenness of this world through building disciplemaking relationships?