Is it possible that we hesitate to disciple because we overcomplicate discipling? Is it possible that we have mixed church expectations into becoming and being a disciple? Don’t get me wrong, I believe the church is important as Christ’s bride. But when we take being His disciple seriously, an appropriate relationship with His bride will be natural.
Ways We Overcomplicate. I think there are a couple of ways we can overcomplicate discipling. Consider the following:
- Pharisees. Sometimes we overcomplicate discipling by realizing we cannot keep all the expectations. And if we cannot, then we believe we are hypocrites to disciple anyone else.
- Peter. Sometimes we overcomplicate discipling by passionately pursuing discipling while not following Jesus. We fail to lead others to and for Him when we are not following Him.
Keep It Simple. How do we avoid overcomplicating discipling? Keep it simple. What did Jesus say in the Great Commission?
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20, CSB)
Jesus defined disciple-making this way:
- Baptizing. Out of our personal relationship with Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we lead others to Him.
- Teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. We study and obey His commands. We teach and lead others to obey His commands.
- Disciple-making with Him. We avoid solo acts. We follow where He leads. We lead others to stay connected with Him and the body of Christ.
Evaluate your disciple-making efforts. Have you acted more like the Pharisees or like Peter? Which part of Jesus’ definition of disciple-making is your strength? Where do you need help? What could you do in the coming year to work with someone where you need help? Pray. Focus. Grow as a disciple. Make disciples!