We all have them.
I must get a shower when I first wake up. I’m not a coffee drinker (This is where you think I’m weird and that’s okay. I believe that coffee drinkers can go to heaven too.) so a shower is my waking up process for the morning. Without getting a shower in the morning, 1) I would reek and my hair would be atrocious 2) I would be grumpy and my whole day is thrown off. Therefore, I put “getting a shower” high on my priority list. For others, priorities involve paying bills, eating, putting on clothes (I really hope that’s one of yours), practicing an instrument, catching the new episode of your favorite TV show. You may even be more spiritual and have a Bible reading/prayer time sometime throughout your day.
Our priorities are usually not inherently bad like the aforementioned activities. However, when good things are preferred and performed over God things, disobedience happens. I want to present an area of the Christian life that I have not found many Jesus-followers giving priority to: disciple-making.
If you ask just the general public (and maybe even many within the Church) what Jesus’ three year ministry was about, you would receive answers similar to, “He healed people.” “He helped the poor.” “He taught us how to live.” Yes, yes, and yes. But that wasn’t the main point. Jesus spent the entirety of His earthly ministry making disciples.
He chose 12, mostly uneducated, rough-around-the-edges, nobodies and turned them into people that would literally change the world. He invested His life into them day in and day out. Making disciples was His priority.
That leads me to my point. There are two types of Christians in the world: those who make disciples and those who are disobedient.
Charles Spurgeon discusses this idea in one of his sermons:
Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about him.
Christian, you are either a missionary or an imposter. You either see making disciples as important or you don’t. You either believe Jesus had “all authority in heaven and on earth” when He said “make disciples”, or you don’t. You believe that people are dying without saving faith in Jesus Christ and going to hell so you do something about it, or you don’t and you let them walk right past you to their destruction.
If you are in the latter category but want to become the first, here are some practical steps I would take:
- Ask yourself if you truly believe that Jesus can save people and if you are truly unashamed of His Gospel.
- Start where you are. The command in Matthew 28:19 does say “make disciples of all nations.” Some take that to mean they must go 5,000 miles away to make disciples. While that is good and should be done, start with people you already have relationships with and truly love.
- Reprioritize your weekly schedule to follow Christ’s command. Set aside specific times to evangelize in your community (relational or spontaneous). Have neighbors or friends over for dinner every Thursday night. Or have lunch with a lost friend every Monday and begin talking with him about how God is working in your life.
- Pour out your life into young believers. This isn’t just about the lost but also those within the family of God. If you know a young believer (not necessarily young by age) start a bible study or prayer time with them. Teach them all that Christ has taught you.
Making disciples isn’t for the “elite” Christians. You don’t “level up” to a disciple-making Christian. Jesus gave this command to ALL Christians throughout ALL time.
There are two types of Christians in the world. Which are you?