These days it seems like everyone has their own website; even I do! I was eating Cheetos and noticed they had a website, a Facebook, and a Twitter. Now, why would they need a Twitter? Why must we all be so connected and public? It makes me wonder though, what would Jesus’ website look like?
We like to wrap Jesus up in this self-made package. We think His site would be all nice and bubbly, and committed to saving souls. It would be, but not completely. The truth is that in a world so fixated on altar calls and soul searching, we have missed a huge part of the great commission call.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
We are called to make disciples, not just converts.
His website would be about accepting salvation, but, unlike many Christians, it wouldn’t stop there. It would be all about discipleship. I have been through a few discipleship programs, so I can personally testify to the importance of this. We fail the mission when we lead people to Christ, but leave them after conversion.
It is during this absence that a new Christian needs discipleship the most. Without the guidance towards being a disciple, their chances of backsliding become more apparent.
It is discipleship that Jesus seeks.
You know that throughout the New Testament, Jesus is changing lives, but we read the most about the discipleship of the Apostles. Of course, this does not mean there is anything wrong with being just a converted Christian, but there is a time for everything. If we were to label a convert as a baby in the stages of Christianity, then we must have a serious man-child problem. We are just Christians who go to church on Sunday and then that it’s it. We are instead called to be Christians who are the church every day and still focus and live for Jesus. We are called to be faithful disciples of Jesus that keep making even more disciples.
Discipleship takes time.
Whether we are the disciple or the mentor, the process takes time. The Apostles were almost always with Jesus, so should we not do the same? With discipleship comes a lot of time with God and in the Word. It also requires the help of someone else who can assist with accountability, activism, studying, and strength.
We need to seek discipleship in our relationship with Christ as well as in the lives of new Christians. Don’t leave your brothers in the dark. Disciple according to the great commission.