To the Jews who had believed in him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then will you know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Coupled with what Jesus said later, after his resurrection, he tells his disciples to Go and Make more disciples of every nation. Using the text above, then those disciples would hold to Jesus’ teaching as well.
So here we are 2,000 years later and I have one question: How are we doing? Personally I’m a bit embarassed, but sobered with wonderment: How could we be Christians without seeing this obvious, if not glaring, omission from our Christian faith. We must make disciples, it is our destiny as Christians, we are otherwise disobedient to our call from Christ himself.
So, resolving to do better, please join me Christian brothers and sisters. Let’s help others put their faith in Him, this Jesus we love. It’s not the job of the shepherd but the job of the sheep to make disciples.
Lord Jesus, thank you for never giving up on us. We accept the challenge to go and make disciples. Please lead us and guide us to green pastures and sheep without a shepherd. Help us do the job you told us about in the scripture. Let us not be distracted but productive servants on the fields you created. You said you would never leave us or forsake us. We depend on that, please give us strength, and vision, and a passion for those you send for us to engage. We praise and worship you Lord. Jesus we love you now and forever, Amen.