The Reason

by Sep 1, 2016

Sometimes people ask me why I am so committed to making disciples. The obvious reason is because Jesus commanded it and I want to be obedient to his command. Another reason is because I see it working.

I just recently received a text message from a guy that was part of my very first discipleship group. His text was accompanied by a picture of a building where he and I first met at a student retreat. Here is what my friend said. “Almost 33 years ago, you stuck your finger in my face, in this building, and told me “make it mean something in your life.” It has for 33 precious years. Thank you, my brother for speaking truth! To God alone all glory. From me to you, Thank you.”

My friend Bill committed his life to Christ at a beach retreat in Florida 33 years ago. Today he is the Lead Pastor of a church in Virginia that has planted several other churches and he has been a church planter in Iceland. He has made his life mean something!

Following the beach retreat many years ago I decided to meet with Bill and a few other guys once a week in my parent’s basement for what I called “discipleship.” I had never been discipled so I had no idea what “discipleship” was, but I knew Jesus did it and I knew I had to help the guys from this retreat grow in their faith. It worked.

Since that first discipleship group 33 years ago I have led a few more groups. I am more convinced than ever that making disciples is one of the best investments of my time. If the only disciple out of hundreds that bears fruit is Bill, my time was worth it. There is a Bill in everyone’s life, it just might take 33 years to discover it.

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