“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28:18-20
Not only was Jesus interested in His disciples knowing who He was, they also needed to know what He came to do and what was going to be required of them to follow Him. Being His disciple involved many things, but let us focus on just three areas – Walk by Faith, Share His Faith and Multiple His Faith. We are all in the process of growing in each of these areas.
- Walk by faith
Walking by faith requires a strong determination to follow God. This is an on-going personal response to God in times of worship, prayer, digging deeper into His word, learning to love in community and engaging in our small groups. It is not just head knowledge but heart transformation under the anointing and impartation of the Holy Spirit. If we follow this path, we need to be willing to come out of our comfort zone and let God shape us as He sees fit. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for our joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrew 12:2).
- Share His faith
Jesus wants us to make disciples, and that means we need to share our faith and tell others about Him. One of the ways to share our faith is to live godly lives. It speaks volumes. Show care to those close to you, help meet their needs and offer to listen when they have problems, pray for those you interact with. We may not be able to answer all of their questions, but they cannot deny the reality of what Christ has done in our lives.
Jesus taught us to share the gospel by showing our love to others in John 13:34-35 – “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus reveals to us what love is, through His life, death, and resurrection. We can explore ways to be a blessing to others, as it plants amazing seeds and meaningful discussions can take place with the opportunity to share the gospel. Ultimately, our greatest act as Christians, is to love one another.
- Multiply His Faith
Jesus has told His disciples to make disciples who will love and obey Him and this was to continue indefinitely, such that two thousand years later, you and I could have the opportunity to hear the gospel and become His disciples. It would be a great tragedy if the chain broke with us.
In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul said to Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
Where do you think the entry point is for you? Would you say that the next step for you is to learn to Walk by Faith, Share Your Faith, or Multiply Your Faith?
By brother John Koh