According to Jesus priority #1 is “Making Disciples!” This is why we have clarified our mission/vision to say: New Beginnings Church exists to Make Disciples of all people and all nations for the glory of God.
If it is every believer’s responsibility to make disciples (and indeed it is), we must be able to answer the question, “What is a disciple?” Matthew 4:19 leads us to Jesus’ definition of a disciple. To be a disciple is to “follow” Jesus to “follow” means to be positioned behind Jesus. Jesus leads and we follow.
- To follow Jesus is to obey Him (John 14:23–24).
- Jesus also made it clear that following Him wouldn’t be easy (Matthew 16:24–26).
These men, had time to think it through and they chose to leave both career and family to follow Jesus. And their confidence in Him was such that, when Jesus called, they came immediately.
The disciples were first changed at the head level, meaning they knew who Jesus was when they made the decision to follow Him. Those who really were His disciples then chose to make Him their authority.
Matthew 4:18–20 As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. 19 “Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people!” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.
Psalm 51:10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Matthew 4:19 is an excellent verse for helping us define a disciple. When we accept this truth of flowing Jesus at the head level. It also leads to the second part of our definition.
- “Follow Me” – A Disciple is one who Chooses to Follow JesusThe Scripture says that they left everything and followed Him. If you are going to be a disciple of Jesus, you must place yourself under His authority.
- “And I will make you” – A Disciple is being Changed by Jesus. Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you…” When Jesus invited the fisherman to follow Him, He revealed His intentions. He told them that He was going to change them into something. He was going to take them as they were and transform them into something else. Jesus disciples would be transformed by Him.
When we think it’s our job to change people (change our spouse, change our kids, change our friends, etc.) then we start playing the role of Jesus and that is not our role. It’s Jesus’ job to change the heart (Psalm 139:23; Psalm 51:10).
Jesus’ goal is draw you to Himself and then He will start addressing your beliefs (head), your attitude (heart), and your actions (Hands). Jesus knew that if He could get His disciples to reflect to others who He really is, then people would come to Him. Jesus is in the heart changing business. Again remember…A disciple is one who is being changed by Jesus.
QUESTIONS: Do you understand that Jesus wants to transform His disciples hearts?
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