Whenever someone talks about going out and sharing Christ with others, Matthew 28:19-20 tends to be the verse used.
“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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Christ calls us to go and make disciples of all nations. But how do we do that, especially in today’s world? Is it even possible for us to do that or should we just rely on the “professionals” i.e. ministers, missionaries, etc?
As scary or challenging as it may seem to go and make disciples, it isn’t as hard as you may think. In fact, there are a few things you can do each and every day to go and make disciples. For instance, you can:
- Pray for people. Whether it is a family member, neighbor, co-worker or someone else entirely, pray that God makes them responsive to the story of Christ. When you spend time praying for others, you may find that you spend more time thinking about them and looking for opportunities to share about Jesus.
- Pray for an opportunity. Pray that God gives you an opportunity to share about about Him with someone else. When God wants you to share, He will open up opportunities for you. Then it won’t be forced by you, but with God’s guidance, He will lead you through it.
- Be the person God calls you to be. Following Christ changes you. If it didn’t, no one would follow Him. That is why simply following Christ and living out your life for Him, people will make notice and inquire why you are who you are.
- Be ready to share. Brett had the New Life staff work on our “2 minute stories” recently. Why? So that when an opportunity to share about Christ comes up, we have a story ready to share. It simply consists of what your life looked like before you met Christ, what drew you to Christ, and how He has changed your life. I had a great opportunity to share my 2 minute story with some dads from one of my daughters softball team. It came out of the blue. Had I not be prepared to share my story, I would have missed a great opportunity to have a spiritual conversation with others.
What is your story? Have you practiced it? Work on a short, 2 minute story of how you came to know Christ and be ready to share!
Just the thought of going and making disciples may seem like a tough task. However, it doesn’t have to be. By taking these four actions daily, you will discover that it is not as difficult as you thought.
Share your stories below of how you’ve been able to go and make disciples.