Over the last couple of weeks, you have learned about and practiced what it means to slow down and listen to God, as well as some thoughts and ideas about how we can put our relationship with Jesus into action.

But that’s not all there is to it…

All of us were created by God to make a difference in the life of another person. He wants to use your unique abilities to impact the lives of others. Ultimately, God wants us to win. And we win spiritually when we make disciples.

As Christians, this is how we score points. If we do this, we win. If we don’t do this, we lose.

When we realize that making disciples is our win, everything we do begins to be put towards that goal. But to make disciples, we need to fully understand what exactly a disciple is. At Compass, we put it this way:

A disciple is a follower of Jesus who helps other people follow Jesus.

A true disciple of Jesus recognizes that his or her job is to bring other people to Jesus. When Jesus said to go and make disciples, he didn’t mean to find saved people and teach them the Bible. He meant to find lost people, lead them to Jesus, and teach them how to become totally devoted to him.

Here’s what that means:

 

1. A disciple follows Jesus’ lead in every area of life.

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me…”
Matthew 4:18-19

When we look at how Jesus called his first disciples, we see that being asked to follow Jesus was not just an evening plan for the day. It was, and is, ongoing.

 

2. A disciple is being changed by Jesus.

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how…”
Matthew 4:18-19

Being a disciple-making disciple means we should value what Jesus values and do what he did the way he did it for the reason he did it.

 

3. A disciple is willing to leave everything behind to follow Jesus.

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.
Matthew 4:19-20

As we follow Jesus’s lead in every area of our lives and are being shaped by him, we also must be willing to leave our “nets “to go follow Jesus.

It is easy to look at those around us and project these traits onto them and forget that we too must have these traits. Jesus doesn’t want us on a one-way street of discipleship; he wants us on a two-way street.

So how do we actually make disciples? We’ll talk about exactly that tomorrow.