What is Discipleship? – Part VI: Sharing Him
By Dave Kroeze, Director of Outreach @MBCLoudoun
“A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ who lives in biblical community and is committed to becoming like Him by obeying Him, serving Him and sharing Him.” – MBC’s definition of a disciple
It is infrequent that we catch a glimpse of the enemy’s plan prior to seeing it enacted. It wasn’t long ago when the New England Patriots were front and center in the news for reportedly filming opposing teams practices. Baseball players are frequently called into questions for stealing signs while they stand on second base. There are a variety of “less than ethical” ways to come across the opposition’s battle plans.
In Scripture, we are given a warning that gives us the exact information that the enemy will use against Disciples. Before we even discuss this plan, it is important to discern what took place at the end of Matthew. As Jesus was preparing to ascend into heaven, he informed his disciples of future events and a task. The future event is that Jesus alerts them of the arrival of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit convicts, challenges, teaches, and empowers disciples for good works. This is a necessity in our lives as we are used by God for His glory.
The command is that we go out and make disciples (Matthew 28). How are we making disciples if people are not coming to Christ? How can people come to Christ if they have not even heard the Gospel? How can people hear if we do not speak the powerful and beautiful story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a substitute for our own sins? I hope you are starting to realize that we have received a divine commissioning from the Lord Jesus Himself, to go into the world and preach the Gospel.
If there was any strategy of the devil, what do you think it would be? Cause people to doubt? He is definitely doing that, but not necessarily. Cause people to suffer so immensely that they cannot possibly grasp the reality of God? He is doing that too, but not necessarily. Let’s look briefly at the Book of Acts. Acts 4:16-17 gives us an intimate look into the strategy of the devil. It states, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”Do you understand the gravity of that? The demons have let slip the strategy that they impose upon us Disciples, and the worst part of it is that it is working! Scholars estimate that 80 – 95% of Christians have never talked about their faith publicly before. That is staggering! Imagine if we used any words at all to discuss the power and majesty of the Lord and the amazing transformation that has taken place in our lives. We were once dead, and not live. We were once thirsty, but thirst no more. How can we not tell people about what the Lord has done for us?
I often hear “I don’t have the gift of evangelism, so this isn’t for me.” Do not allow the devil to scare you into remaining silent. Not everyone has the gift of evangelism, but everyone of us is called to be a witness. As a witness, we have the opportunity to share our testimony with other disciples as an encouragement, passive non-believers as a means of allowing the Holy Spirit to convict, and aggressive non-believers as an introduction to the love, mercy and compassion that is found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ and His disciples.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
I have heard a pleading to share the Gospel in analogies to an individual with a cure for cancer. We do not have a cure for cancer, but we have something much greater. We have received salvation from the God of the universe who loves us so immensely that he was willing to endure the most gruesome beating and mockery, as well as hanging on a tree to die for us. If we truly understand how deeply sinful man is and what he endured on our behalf, we would be unwilling NOT to share the Gospel. God has given us the most amazing gift anyone could give us, and it is wrapped in the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Whether we recognize it or not, we have individuals around us who do not know Jesus. Do you love those individuals enough that you just have to tell them about the gift that is awaiting them? When I was in Chennai, India, I had the opportunity to visit a hospital made up of Christian doctors. The board of directors for this hospital had implemented that every patient must hear the Gospel before they are treated and that every employed doctor be equipped to share the Gospel at all times. When I asked Dr. Sam why this was, he pondered and said to me, “I cannot possibly treat a broken leg, and send them walking away straight to Hell.” This phrase has weighed heavily upon my soul the last few weeks. How often do I ignore opportunities to be faithful and obedient to God because I am distracted with other things?
We know the strategy of the devil. The strategy is to silence us, and if we look around, it has been largely successful to this point. Let’s be the disciples God calls us to be that are unwilling to be silenced and love people well enough to share what Christ has done for them.