Sola Scriptura: Make Disciples

(This is an ongoing challenge to take the teachings of Christ and the Scripture seriously.)

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He told them to go and make disciples. Many of their lives would be cut short, and their task was far greater than themselves. Jesus knew that they had to make themselves replaceable for the gospel to continue spreading.

It is easy for us in the church to complain about the lack of leaders in our midst. The truth, however, is that we are at fault. We as the church lack the leaders whom we failed to raise up. The same is true for workers of any kind, whether leaders or those involved in other ways. We have failed to make disciples, and we are paying the cost.

Some of us are overwhelmed in ministry, and we pride ourselves and revel in this busyness. However, Jesus taught us to pray that the Father would send workers into the harvest. Have we done that? And have we taken seriously the call of Christ to make disciples, raising up others to help us out? Is busy disobedience really moreĀ  spiritual than restful discipleship?

Moses is a great example. Moses was overwhelmed with the task of judging the people, and his father-in-law suggested that he hand off the easy cases so he could focus on greater needs. We feel powerful pushing ourselves past our limits, but we cannot escape our own finite nature. Even Moses.

Here’s where the rubber meets the road.

What are the things that you are responsible for that you can hand off to others? How can you teach them to disciple before they get overwhelmed? How would God have you pray for workers He wants to send into the harvest?

Soli Deo gloria.


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