The Value of Discipleship
By Greg Laurie
“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
A true mark of spiritual maturity is taking our eyes off ourselves and thinking of others. As believers, we should be looking for ways to tell others about Jesus and “disciple” them.
Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you
always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20 NKJV).
This is called the Great Commission, and Jesus is saying here that He will be with the person who does this. What does it mean to “disciple”
people? It means taking them under your wing and helping them get on their feet spiritually.
Discipling is important not only for new believers but also for older believers. The older believers discipling the younger believers
stabilize them and are in turn energized by doing so.
When you’ve been going to church for 10 or 20 years, you might start critiquing things. The music is a little too loud, or the sermons seem a little too long. Maybe
you gripe and complain sometimes. But if you have a brand-new believer with you, you won’t be critiquing the sermon or criticizing the church. After the service, that new believer might say, “The pastor said this, and I’ve never heard that
before.” Suddenly, you find yourself elaborating on the message. It’s helping you and them.
Yet, many of us aren’t sharing the truth; we’re hoarding it. But there’s joy in sharing. Jesus said,
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35 NKJV).
Look for opportunities to initiate conversations about Christ. To the best of your ability, seek to lead people to the Lord and then “disciple”