Are we sharing what we know with someone? Are we discipling others? We are ambassadors for Christ; the job never ends (this side of heaven).
Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
There are three benefits that making disciples brings about in a Christian’s life:
- 1. Accountability-When we realize that someone is watching us and is looking to us for guidance, our actions take on a whole new perspective. What we used to do with license-exceptional behavior-now comes under a microscope and our reasoning no longer holds up. We are called to a new (for us) and higher standard because we are someone’s role model. James says,
- James 3:1 “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
- Yet, we ALL are teachers in a sense,
Proverbs 10:17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
2. Vulnerability-We open our lives to the LORD and to others for criticism. Scary, yes?! Yet, we are to let our lights shine for Him, and the only way to do that is to open up and put our lives out there for all to see.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
3. Stability-Walking with Christ knowing others are watching has a surprising benefit. We GROW in maturity much faster! Our walk becomes steady and much more consistent. We shed the baggage of “what is allowed” and focus on what is best for us and those watching.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let’s consider the prospect of God bringing someone along for us to disciple. It will be good for all involved. Besides, He has ALREADY commanded us to make disciples!
Matthew 28:19-20 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.”
“I am with you always…” what a promise!