Go and Make Disciples

Aug 19th, 2017

We as the church body have many things that we need to do as its Disciples. In fact Christ tells us as his disciples we are to “Go and make disciples of all nations”

(Matthew 28:19a). But how do we do that exactly? Many within the church don’t feel that they have the ability to go out and tell people the good news of Jesus Christ or even the ability to change someone’s mind.  Yet as followers of Christ it is our job to assist in the ministry according to our gifts and skills.  Paul explains it well in Romans 12:4-6, “Just as each of has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us.”

We as a body of people, who are Christians, make up what is the church and as disciples so we are the working parts of the body headed by Christ himself. So we must be the instruments to carry out the work that we have been told to do in Christ name. As a disciple we are called to serve wherever we can and where we are needed. Whether that is in our community, our province, our country or around the world. The church today needs us to continue to proclaim the good news of Jesus to the world through our words and actions. In this way we can be an important part of our Christian ministry. We each have our part to do and every part is different, which is why there are all kinds of different Christian disciples. Disciples come from every race, every culture, and every economic status. Each has a different personality and each faces different challenges. But we are all called by God to live our lives out faithfully with the tools and gifts we have been given. It’s also not just our role as a disciple to bring people to Christ. We also must help meet the needs of the faithful who are already Christians, nurture and tend to those within our congregation that may be struggling or facing difficulty.

Christ’s ministry needs committed disciples from all walks of life to share in meeting the needs of all kinds of people. As Christian disciples we can not just sit in the pews hoping someone else will pick up the cross and go forward. We must be willing to give up everything to be a disciple of Christ. It’s a very steep price, but we must give what Christ paid for us. He gave His life.  So must we give our life to the Lord and for we are called to carry on the work of Jesus Christ which means ministering to a hurting world, which may hate us and what we believe.

With the same authority that was given the Disciples by Jesus so long ago we have been commanded to go out and tell others the good news and make them disciples for the Kingdom. As Christian Disciples we need to think deep within ourselves and discover places or situation in our lives where we can encounter a need or opportunity for ministry. Then we must take the message to the world that is in need of know a loving God, and His son Jesus who gave us the ultimate gift by dying on the cross for our sins.  After being given such an amazing gift surely we can get out of our comfort zone and go and be a disciple, being Christ like in our actions and deeds to try to spread the good news and change peoples lives for the better along the way.

 

Matthew R. Marshall