Christians hear about discipleship a lot, but what exactly is a disciple and what’s discipleship?
A disciple is a student. Simply put, discipleship is the act of making disciples by teaching others to follow in your footsteps.
Today when we think of students, we think of learning and school, but in the New Testament a disciple was someone who approached a rabbi (teacher) and asked to be taught.
The rabbi would choose whether or not to take on the student, but the arrangement was a serious one. The student would give up all other pursuits to study with his rabbi in order to become as much like the teacher as possible.
Instead of most students coming and asking Jesus to take them as students, Jesus chose people to be His students without them asking. Peter, John, James and the rest of the disciples didn’t ask to be Jesus’s students; He chose them.
For three years Jesus taught them everything about Himself, God and His kingdom. Then after His resurrection, Jesus left them with a few instructions. One of the most important instructions is in Matthew 28.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20a)
We still live out this commission today. We’re called to make disciples for Jesus. Our job is to teach them to obey everything God has commanded.
Being a disciple requires sacrifice. We sacrifice our desires in order to embrace God’s desires as our own. We give up our time to teach others about God and to help them live God-honoring lives.
We also give up our own time to learn the Word of God.
The catch to making disciples is that you can’t teach others to obey everything God has commanded if you don’t know what God has commanded. That’s why it’s so important to study God’s Word and to spend time in prayer.
The more time we spend with God, the better we understand Him and His desires, the more we can help others develop that kind of deep relationship with God.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
Girls, how are you fulfilling the Great Commission found in Matthew 28?
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