I don’t know if it’s the kid in me or I just get bored sometimes, but I just love a good “connect the dots” style puzzle. I used to love it when my kids would get an activity page at a restaurant, because that gave me the opportunity to connect a few dots. The thing I like most about it is that I don’t have to know what the big picture looks like. I just have to know the next number or letter. I guess in some ways it is just simple and that probably works best for a man like me.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:18-20. Here Jesus tells us to “make disciples.” That very statement at first glance is very overwhelming and a little bit confusing. It immediately causes me to asking questions like…
What is a disciple?
How do I make disciples?
What if I mess up?
How in the world am I going to do that with all the other stuff I have to do?
Here’s the cool thing. If we read what Jesus said after telling us to make disciples, we will realize it as easy as connecting the dots. Here’s what he said in Matthew 28:19-20, “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Here’s the part that helps us make the connection. Jesus said in v.20, “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Here Jesus was telling us that making disciples is not about teaching tons of Bible knowledge and making sure folks can win a few rounds of Bible trivia. Instead, making disciples is the process of teaching people to live out the great truths of God’s Word.
It looks like this. Just today I was reading in Hebrews 10 and came upon v. 39. Here is what it says, “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” That is a powerful verse with a powerful truth attached to it. A truth that tells me, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I don’t have to be overrun by this world. Instead, I can experience victory in Jesus by simply trusting in Him. That’s not all. The making disciples part of that comes when I trust God in my daily life and share with someone my story of trusting God.
That changes discipleship. It is not so much about how much you learn, but about how much you live and pass on. That’s what Jesus was saying. So, let’s do it. Let’s make the connection and make disciples. It’s not that hard. All you have to do is make the next step.
What’s your next step?