And Jesus came to and spoke to them, saying, “ All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, “ teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28 : 18-20
So, the short answer to Why Discipleship? Because Jesus commanded it!
Jesus gave us three commandments; love God, love you neighbor and make disciples.
With those commandments in mind, let’s get to basic training. Jesus tells us in John’s gospel that the world will know we are His disciples if we love one another.
How do we train to love one another? What does it look like to love your neighbor as yourself? This is where we need an example; a mentor, like Paul.
“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4: 9
When I first read this scripture I thought it was a pretty ballsy statement. “You want to know how to do it? Just do what I do!” Leadership 101
I lived in the Detroit Michigan area for about 30 years. I made many friends, church friends, friends at work but I had one very special friend, my mentor Carl. I watched Carl interact with others and being a former Coast Guard captain he had a saltiness and frankness I admired…it fit him well. He had a lifetime of stories; mostly about his life and experiences with the Coast Guard and even after his “retirement” he was still on active reserve. He had a sense about him when I needed him, his presence, his taking me to lunch knowing I couldn’t pay and that was no big deal to Carl. We were friends.
We never really spoke about God although after his wife passed away, the love of his life, we became closer and spoke a bit more of eternity and living life. About a year after I moved to Virginia, Carl passed away, quietly and quickly.
I’ve never forgotten the life lessons I learned from my friend Carl. How a funny story can brighten a day or a lunch enjoyed by friends can lift your spirit but most importantly, serving others before yourself. Semper Paratus! (Always ready!)
Brothers, fulfilling the Great Commission in your life can be approached many different ways. Let us learn from those who have gone before us. Paul and Silas; wingmen.
David and Jonathan; wingmen. Me and my friend Carl, wingmen.
Daily Battle Order: Remember the movie Top Gun? Maverick is given his first assignment after Goose’s death and told he will be assigned a new partner. But Viper says Maverick could call him if he needs one, saying “I’ll fly with you.”
Kingdom Man, you will be assigned a partner but if you need one, “I’ll fly with you.”
Seek out your wingman, you can’t fulfill this mission alone!
You don’t want to miss tomorrow as you’ll learn “The One Thing”