What does it mean to make a disciple? Have you ever pondered that? Would you like to make a disciple? Are you willing to do as Jesus commanded? Will you tell the story of Jesus?
Making disciples can seem a bit challenging. We may wonder how to go about starting the conversation. We may be hesitant to talk to someone about Jesus. Especially if it is a family member we know is obstinate.
Rather than worrying about how to start the conversation, listen. Listen for a question concerning how you get through difficult times, then tell them you rely on God—his wisdom, guidance, and strength.
Listen for a question about your cheerful attitude, then tell them you have joy because of your belief in God. Tell them your joy is everlasting and cannot be taken away from you.
Listen for a question about your success, then tell them your success is due to God’s blessing you with the right skills and following His plan for your life.
As we listen to others, we will find opportunities to speak about God. The key is to listen intently. Pick up the questions, even if they are only implied. It is often by listening that we learn about the other person and can respond appropriately.
I pray we all listen for opportunities to speak about God. I pray we are ready to tell others how God has impacted our lives. I pray each one of us will go make disciples every chance we can. Be a disciple. Listen attentively. Respond appropriately. Tell your story. Tell the gospel story. Make disciples.
Matthew 28:19-20a 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.