“‘Come follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20)
The process of discipleship was common in Jesus’ day but it looked a little different than the way He modeled it. He didn’t wait for the most talented and celebrated young men to follow Him. Instead, He went and called fishermen and tax collectors and sinners and the unclean. “Follow me.” These were ordinary people just like you and me who had the opportunity to change the course of human history. They didn’t hesitate.
Jesus spent three years pouring into twelve men. But He wasn’t solely thinking about their spiritual maturity – His goal was so much greater. He was investing in His followers so they could in turn invest in those who would come later. His entire strategy hinged on the success of this approach. What an incredibly risky move. But what it demonstrates is how highly Jesus valued discipleship.
2000 years later this process of disciples making disciples who make disciples is still alive and well and it’s the reason we exist as a church. Paul tells the Corinthians, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.” That’s discipleship. Each one of us is called to be a disciple and make disciples. This process isn’t easy. In the words of Robert Coleman, we know it will be tedious, slow and largely unnoticed. But we also know, in the end it’s glorious.
Prayer: Father, thank You for your constant work in my life and the lives of those around me. Open my eyes to see those around me that need to be developed and give me the courage to step out and join you in making disciples. Amen.