I know it is hard to separate “your favorite Bible verse/passage” and “your favorite discipleship verse/passage,” but take some time to think about it. Then hit “Leave a comment” at the end of the post. Share your passage and why it is your favorite. Encourage others with your comment!
For me, there are many significant passages, including discipleship passages. But the one that has come to have more central focus are the words of Jesus in Matthew 4:19:
Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.
There are three reasons this verse is meaningful for me:
- FOLLOW ME. As a disciple, I am a follower of Jesus. I follow His life and teaching. I follow His lead. He is my example and the focus of my life. His is the voice I listen to as I navigate life. Where He leads, I go. Because I know I can trust Him, I don’t have to fear the unknown. As a result, the content of my discipleship is Jesus.
- I WILL MAKE YOU. It is comforting to know that any spiritual progress that takes place in my life is from Him. He is the one who makes a disciple out of me. I cannot do it on my own, in my own strength, or apart from Him. This does not take away my devotion to Him or my effort. After all, you are to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). He will conform us into His likeness. He will lead us to love others with His love. He fills us and He overflows from us.
- FISHERS OF MEN. He has a purpose for us that is beyond us. It is not just about me. It is first about Him, and second it is about having His mind and His purpose. He came to “seek and to save that which was lost.” That is to be our purpose. We are to live like Jesus and teach others to do the same. We are to draw them to Him, show them how to live like Him, and to send them out to invest in others (2 Timothy 2:2). We are not to make converts and then to forget about them. We are to disciple them, to teach them to fish. In other words, we are not only to teach them to fish for themselves but to teach others to fish (for men).
Share your verse and reference along with why it is your favorite. Encourage others along the discipleship journey. Make disciples!
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