John 6:44 ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…’
As has already been written via TJC, Kingdom Men and all disciples are commanded to ‘go and make disciples’ of others. Because Jesus has empowered us for this task, discipleship should not be complicated. But it is inherently emotional. This is because discipleship is relational. We are investing in people and the potential disciple is investing in Jesus. Jesus called us His sheep. And only sheep reproduce sheep. Reproduction is not complicated, but it is highly emotional.
Jesus did not wake up each morning, crack his knuckles, and say ‘OK…which step in the Discipleship Program are we in today? Jesus’s walk here on earth was spiritually organic, moment-by-moment relational with His Father and the disciples. The plan was to hear His Father and do THAT each day, each moment. Canned spiritual operations rarely have the elasticity, endurance, or strength of flexibility to be adjusted by the Holy Spirit.
But make no mistake, neither was Jesus spitballing. Jesus has a plan. And part of the plan is to make disciples and have those disciples reproduce other disciples. There can be several steps on the road in building a disciple of Jesus. The first is to DETERMINE. What sort of Potential Disciple (PD) is in front of us?
We should keep in mind that not every believer in front of you will be drawn into discipleship. There is a difference between incorporating Jesus into your life and GIVING Him your life. Jesus invited many who believed, some did not follow, (the rich young ruler: Mark 10:17-27). Not all who say ‘Lord, Lord’ to Jesus are willing to make him Lord over their entire life. But those who are willing, will receive their reward and can turn the world upside down! (Mark 10:29-30)
We must determine what I have to work with in PD…
All PD’s have a common beginning: Interest in Jesus! None can come to Jesus unless the Father first opens the man’s heart, as Jesus said in John 6:44 ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…’
If a man comes and says, ‘I believe in Jesus Christ, will you disciple me’, we at least see the interest. We have the potential of a person whom the Father has called. That is a great start but in no way a complete assessment of PD’s status. As a mentor, we must run that statement past the following scriptures:
James 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe and shudder.
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Do words or works make a disciple of Jesus? No! So we cannot depend on visual or audible aids to determine the depth of desire. The Holy Spirit determines if this is a person responding to the ‘will of My Father.”
We who embrace Jesus as Lord anticipate rhythmic adjustments to our life in Christ. Where does this PD stand with regard to these scriptures? A PD does not have to have perfect answers or understand these scriptures completely, in order for discipleship to continue. In a living discipleship process, as in all human relationship activity, we must understand that we will be tested. Consider the amount of relational testing that occurs in marriage.
There is never a finished product in discipleship. It is an ongoing process of sanctification by walking with the Lord Jesus Christ. The fruit of reproducing disciples of Jesus would be the most authentic evaluation of a PD’s discipleship. What is being reproduced? Disciples anticipate and expect regular critique and evaluations of their walk. What is the fruit of the PD’s days? Reproduction is the only accurate measuring rod of real discipleship.
Daily Battle Order
Let us do an equipment check, a self-evaluation first: Determine the state of your relationship with Jesus and your own discipleship. Next, determine the fruit of your fellow disciple. Do we attract other potential disciples, are we self-absorbed or are we inert?
Join us tomorrow as we further explore discipleship, focusing on the original instructions for disciple making via the establishment of the church in the book of Acts.