Disciple Making Lessons from Israel: Reservations Can’t Keep Us from Obeying

by Sep 22, 2016

When you stand on the bank of the Jordan River, not far from the city of Jericho, it is hard to believe that this is where a movement started that changed the entire world. This small muddy river that serves as the border between the nations of Israel and Jordan is the place where Jesus began a movement of multiplying disciples.

In Matthew 3:13-17 we see that “Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.” At the moment Jesus was baptized by John He would launch a movement to see every person in every nation follow Him in baptism and be taught to observe the things He would command them to obey.

When Jesus stood in that river being baptized by John He could only imagine what might happen two thousands years from that moment. I personally believe that Jesus clearly knew the task before him but I am also certain, that in His humanity, He had all the same reservations we would have at that moment.

So let’s take a minute and consider what must have been going in Jesus’ mind as He began a movement of multiplication.

Was he ready? Even though Jesus was God in the flesh He had spent his first thirty years on earth as a carpenter. I bet Jesus fought off some reservations about his inexperience in making disciples.

Who would he choose? I am sure that Jesus had His doubts about His disciples all the way until the end. Wondering if he had chosen the right guys must have always been a concern for Him.

Would it work? I have to think that even though, Jesus was led by the Father, He might have had some reservations on whether or not his disciples would be obedient to the mission. Jesus worked the plan even though He probably had some serious reservations on whether or not it would actually work.

Two thousand years of history answers a multitude of questions. All of the reservations Jesus might have had have been eliminated. Which brings us to one important point. When are you going to start making disciples? Every movement must start somewhere at some time. There comes a point when we simply have to obey! Maybe today is the day to put aside all your reservations and do one thing… makes disciples!

Are you ready to start a movement of multiplying disciples?


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