We are called to make disciples, but how do we do that?
Discipleship making begins with a vision beyond ourselves. Paul encouraged his readers to imitate him because he was imitating Christ Jesus’ role for making disciples. Jesus lived out his life of devotion and obedience to the Father in real-time while on earth.
But the Lord still opens our eyes to see the lost through his eyes. His words are timeless, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men”(Matthew 4:19).
I love to read biographies and autobiographies of those who followed Jesus. It encourages me when I read how their faith sustained them through fiery trials. I am strengthened through their testimony of perseverance. I want to be like them, and finish the course the Lord has set for me.
Dawson Trotman was an excellent role model for memorizing Bible verses. His discipleship program multiplied disciples exponentially. Bill Bright discipled nations of folks to get the gospel out to those who were seeking. Wycliffe Bible Translators have the discipleship goal to make sure everyone will have a Bible in their language.
We live in real-time with those around us. We are being watched by believers and unbelievers as we navigate through our trials. Do they see Jesus’ influence when we are in dire straits? Do they detect the depth of our relationship with the Lord through our peace and calm?
Let us imitate the One we follow so we can show others how to follow as well.
Father, your Word says that you are the one who draws folks to Jesus. Help us to imitate the character of Jesus. Please help us to walk with sensitivity to the working of your Holy Spirit so that we do not miss any opportunity that you set before us to proclaim your gospel message and make disciples. Amen.
Go Deeper — Is your gut-reaction view of role models and imitations a positive or a negative one? Why do you think that is?
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