When someone hands over new responsibility to you, do you ever quickly think, “You’ve got the wrong person”? Maybe you’re quiet. Maybe you’re loud. Maybe you’re young. Maybe you’re old. We all have an excuse for why we think we’re not the right person for the job. Jesus has given us a job. He equips us to go and tell other people about him and he tosses us the baton, giving us the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment along the way.
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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.
we have a job to do
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:16-20
the most unlikely candidates
As we look at Scripture, we find example after example of the most unqualified, unlikely disciple makers. God used the tax collectors and the fishermen, the plain and the simple. It wasn’t a large following or a high accomplishment that qualified his closest friends for ministry—it was their relationship with the savior of the world. They betrayed Jesus, denied him, doubted him, questioned him, and still he called them friends (John 15:15).
The enemy would love for you to believe that you’re not qualified to share Jesus with someone else. He would love for you to believe that your past is all people can see, that your gifts aren’t good enough, that you haven’t learned enough, that you’re not loud enough.
But the gospel is too good to keep to ourselves.
There is no degree, no title, no pay grade necessary to share God’s gospel with other people. You’re qualified for making disciples because of your relationship with your creator. It’s not your job to change people, but it is your job to tell them about the greatest news that’s ever been told.
Making disciples of all nations begins with you telling just one person about who God is and what he’s done in your life. Reflect on how God has worked in your life. What has he taught you about yourself? What has he taught you about himself? How can you share that with someone? You do not have to stand up and teach a class or speak to a room full of people to share about Jesus. The more we know him, the more he naturally comes into our conversations. Talk about him over coffee, talk about him when someone asks how you are. Live like he did and people will see him. You’ve gone from fallen to free. Praise God! Now, let people see him through you.
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Who could you go share Jesus with this week?
My children and husband. If I live with Jesus in my heart, and talk about Him, then He will be more alive to my family. He will be alive in our home. Alive in our minds, alive in our words, alive in our work, alive in our play. And then we will bring Him with us outside of the home, to all the people we encounter.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, show me what this looks like, make my heart like yours. Holy Spirit, set our hearts ablaze, alive and in love with Jesus.
My neighbors. My children. My husband.
Anyone and everyone I encounter!!! I was so afraid of not knowing enough and being inadequate for this responsibility that I always backed away from it. But God gives me what I need to accomplish this job. Then one day I found myself talking to a stranger at the mall about all God has and still is doing for me. It surprised me because of who I use to be ( fearful). It’s still hard sometimes because of the fear of rejection, but He is my strength!
My family. I’m already taking bold steps to share Jesus with them. I have found a boldness that I didn’t think I had inside of me. It is purely God working in me and through me. It is me being obedient to holy spirits urging of my heart to speak the Good News. It is true when they say ahold will give you the word and scriptures to share. Just let yourself be a vessel for his purpose and his mission of making disciples.
I will pray about it but to be honest I mostly show others that I’m a believer by my actions. I try to be respectful of boundaries.
My 2 brothers in law.
I have no idea. I’ve been a Christian for over 25 years and this is an area I’m not very good at. Most people intimidate me – so I’m fearful of pushing people away. I do experience conviction about not making disciples. I know it is a command of God and I feel very guilty about not following it. But I just can’t seem to do it.
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