“Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19 MSG).
Our opening verse above underscores your responsibility in discipleship; you’re to teach and train those in your world in the way of life—the God-life. So, when Jesus said in Matthew 28:19“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…” as rendered in the King James Version, He called attention to your responsibility in discipleship; your calling to teach and train others, and show them how to live.
Every child of God has a responsibility to disciple someone else. Lets again observe the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:19, this time, reading into the twentieth verse: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Notice that He says,“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you….”that means whatever Jesus has commanded us, we’re to tell others to do the same, and teach them how to do it.
This is why each one of us must disciple others. To disciple means to teach or to train. It also means to convert to doctrines or principles. It describes an endeavour where you go beyond yourself to guide young uncommitted believers into a committed and growing Christian life. It involves your taking interest in someone who hasn’t known much about Jesus, though he may have given his heart to Christ for salvation. You can help that onethrough follow-up and intercession to stand firm in the faith. You can disciple him or her to become committed and interested in going to Church; you can help that one find his way.
You may say, “But I’m still a new Christian. I only gave my life to Christ last year; what can I possibly teach someone else?” Well, you don’t have to wait till you’ve been in Christ ten years to disciple someone else. Once you understand that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life, and you’ve made the declaration of His Lordship and a commitment to Him, you become responsible for someone else who hasn’t known that much.
Take up that responsible positionof leadership today, for that’s what you are—a leader and a responsible Christian, trusted by God to train, mentor, and nurture someone else to stand strong in the Lord. What a great responsibility that is!
Dear Father, thank you for entrusting me with the great responsibility of training and mentoring others to be committed to the things of the Spirit. I declare that I have the divine wisdom and power of the Spirit to guide these ones aright in the way of the Lord, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1Timothy 4:12; Romans 15:1