Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This command is simple and well-known. Most Christians know that we have a duty to tell others the good news of Christ. That said, most people do it wrong.
In our modern day, there are many people who I lovingly refer to as “Sunday-Morning Christians”. These people go to church on Sundays and probably on Christmas. They say cute phrases like “God bless you!” and “I’ll pray for you.” That said, their lives have never been altered by Christ. Their hearts are the same as they would be if they didn’t show up at 9 am and sing some songs.
I do not blame or condemn these people. In fact, I don’t think it is their fault that they have a one-way relationship with the Father. I think that the modern church and its members have failed these people. We’ve failed to uphold one of Jesus’ commands because we’ve been focusing on making Christians when we should have been making disciples.
Christian: Belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Disciple: a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; any follower of Christ.
Jesus said that we should follow Him. Somehow I don’t remember Him saying that we should belong to His religion.
It is our duty as the church to show people how transformative a relationship with Christ can be. We have a gift to share, and right now we’re only giving part of it away! Knowing Jesus is supposed to be radical. It is supposed to be life-changing. When you let God into your heart, others should be able to tell that you are a changed person because your actions change.
The next time someone asks you a question about your faith, engage them. It is great to invite someone to come to your church, but it is better to have a conversation and share your own story. It is great to show someone worship music, but it’s better to tell them about your own worship practices. It’s great to give someone a bible, but it’s better to study it with them.
Let’s quit making Christians, and start making disciples.