The Great Commission is probably one of the most misquoted passages in the Bible. Before He ascended to Heaven, Jesus instructed the onlookers not to go and preach the Gospel but to go and '... make disciples of all the nations' (Matthew 28:19 NLT). There's a difference! God can still work wonders in someone's life if you dump the Gospel on them and run, but His instruction to you was to walk with them through solid long-term discipleship, investment and teaching (which is so much more rewarding anyway!).
Some feel called to 'evangelism' and others to 'discipleship' but the truth is were all called to both. A gift of evangelism is not a cop-out for avoiding the long hard graft of discipleship. A gift of discipleship is not an excuse to step back from sharing the Good News with people who need to hear it. Youth and inexperience isn't an excuse because however little you may feel you know, there are people who need to hear it from YOU.
Are you being discipled? Jesus' ministry was all about investing in a few who in turn invested in a few and so on. It's so vital that if we're to grow as Christians that we have someone mentoring, challenging and investing in us. It's through this that we learn, grow and have a safe space to discover God's purpose for our lives.
So what now? The challenge today is to look at your own discipleship both as a learner and a teacher. Who is alongside you? Who are you investing in?
SoulFood: Gen 32-34, John 16:1-18, Ps 130, Pr 31:28-31
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd