Read John 15:16-17 NIV
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.
If you are reading this, God has chosen YOU. John is reminding us here that He chose us to bear fruit, which of course relates to Jesus’ command to go into the world and make disciples. You are a disciple!
“Christian discipleship is a decision to walk in his ways, steadily and firmly, and then finding that the way integrates all our interests, passions, and gifts, our human needs and eternal aspirations. It is the way of life we were created for.” Eugene H. Peterson
But what does it really mean to “make disciples”?
Making a disciple involves more than simply sharing information about Jesus. It requires a personal relationship with the people you are teaching, modeling Christ-like behavior, and helping them grow in their faith. It involves teaching them the Word of God and helping them to understand how to apply it to their lives. Making a disciple also involves helping them develop their own relationship with God through prayer, worship and fellowship with other believers.
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 NIV
Father God, thank you that I am a friend of Jesus, Thank you for those that you have put in my life to disciple me, and I pray that as I go – you would show me those people that You would use me to disciple. In Jesus name, amen.