“…go therefore and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19, ESV)
Jesus returned to heaven and the angels asked him, “How did it go?” Jesus replied, “I found twelve (12) men and gave them the job of reaching the entire world.” The angels in amazement asked Jesus, “What if they fail? What if they don’t fulfill your plan? What is the backup plan?” Jesus again replied, “There is no backup plan.”
The conversation may never have happened but you get the point don’t you? We know what happened; the apostles and disciples left Jerusalem and went into the known world and made disciples.
Jesus did come to this earth in order to die on the cross of Calvary. During his short ministry as He made His way to Jerusalem and the cross, Jesus made a few disciples. Jesus now serves as the pattern for all those who have been born again by the Holy Spirit. We are to make disciples just as Jesus did. Each believer is gifted differently which results in a variety of ways and means that disciples are made. Those who have trusted Christ for eternal redemption are responsible to make disciples within individual life-style.
When my girls were tiny infants I use to love to feed them. The pleasure wasn’t really found in preparing the bottle but in the ability to hold them close and feed them their bottle. They didn’t know the difference between Similac and Enfamil but they knew what to do when their little mouths found the nipple. They drank their formula like there wouldn’t be any more available. Then they learned to eat “people food.”
Eventually, and thanks be to God all four of those little baby girls grew up. They all began homes of their own and three of the four had little ones of their own. With proper care and by God’s grace little babies grow up into adults who are able to reproduce themselves in little ones of their own.
Every believer in Christ Jesus begins desiring the “milk of the word.” In order to grow and mature they must have opportunity of being nurtured and developed. Each believer is expected to reach or achieve their potential designed by God. Most believers want to develop and mature. They sometimes need help. Every believer needs someone to help them study the Word, to teach them how to pray, to teach them how to develop intimate fellowship with God, and to teach them how to share their faith.
Those of us who have had and raised children know how much trouble, sacrifice, and pain is involved. Unfortunately it is no different with a new born convert in Christ. Rather than being “dumped” in a Sunday school class, Sunday morning auditorium, or even “Discipleship Class,” a new convert needs someone (preferably the responsible party for the birth) to care enough to suffer, sacrifice, and pray for them.
I am thankful for the Word of God. Even though God has revealed Himself in creation and in our conscience, it is in God’s word through special revelation; God reveals his character and nature to us. Because He chose to reveal Himself we can know Him. Thank you Lord!