How do I know if I am a disciple?

“Disciples make disciples.” Are you making disciples?

It was this statement and question that challenged me to the core. For several years I had professed my faith in Christ, but when I was asked this question by mentor, I took a step back and realized that I was not making disciples. In fact, the only person I was investing in was…….me, and honestly, that was even scarce.

As I reflect on my excuses as to why I wasn’t making disciples, I remember saying things such as:

“I don’t feel like I know enough about the Bible to lead someone else.”

or

“I don’t have enough time because of work, school, church, family, etc.”

I could probably write out several more excuses, but you get the point. They were ALL excuses. When I came to the realization that my reasons for not making disciples were nothing but excuses, I decided I need to spend some time in God’s Word. I began reading in the book of Acts. Specifically, I started reading in Acts 4:18-20 which reads:

Then they (the religious counsel) called them (Peter and John) in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

When I read that passage of Scripture, I realized that by not sharing the Gospel of Jesus with others, I was withholding a truth that could alter someone’s life eternally. Scripture also tells us in Romans 10:13-15,

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Through actually spending time in God’s Word, I was being purged of the self-centered, keep-it-quiet Christian life that I had always lived. I began learning that discipleship was not something you do, it’s WHO YOU ARE! God began teaching me that He saved me for a purpose! That purpose: to point people to Jesus!

So how do you know if you are a disciple?

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8) 

“Disciples make disciples.” Are you making disciples?

Be Blessed,

Pastor Stuart Richardson

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