”Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19 NIV)
The principle, the overriding principle, for Christianity all over the world is the same: first and foremost we are called to make disciples. Who does Jesus say this to? To whom does He delegate the order to make disciples? His words are aimed at the disciples! – To those who are already disciples. The law of nature that reigns in God’s Kingdom is, only disciples can ‘make’ new disciples. We know that it’s only dogs that can make dogs, and that it’s only cats who can make more cats and that it requires humans in order for additional humans to be created. The same theory holds true in God’s Kingdom. Only disciples can make new disciples.
To make disciples is the absolute foremost primary goal of all Christian activity. It’s in fact even more important than to see people saved or baptized in the Spirit. Those acts are necessary – but secondary. Because if we are fortunate enough to make disciples, then they in turn will produce disciples, and they in their turn will produce more disciples, etc.
Lord, help me today to be your disciple, to be a person who accepts instructions from You and from those persons You place in my path. Help me to allow myself to be shaped by You in order that You can use me to point the way to your Kingdom.