I work in an office that consists of four people, including myself. My interaction with others is limited mostly because of the virus. Conversations usually consist of family, weekends and stuff in general. When a conversation comes up about faith or what someone believes, I tell them the truth. Some people know where I stand on my faith, while others do not. But if someone asks you a question or questions you on your belief, could you answer back? Given the opportunity, would you disciple?
The question came up in my home group. This is a good question for those who may have concerns about confrontation with those who do not believe. As Christians we are to disciple and bring others to Christ. I think it should be done in a delicate way for those who question us, and yet be truthful to the Word.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31).
Truth is a hard word to swallow because not many of us want to hear it. But where do we find truth? Television, internet or family? The absolute truth is in the Word. We must believe in the teaching of Jesus and follow His commands. Scripture cannot be broken because it is the word spoken by God.
- God’s word is truth. It endures forever and it is perfection. There is no evil in His word.
- God’s word states what is right. He is righteous, wise and loving.
As a Christian and a follower of Jesus, the best way to disciple is by praying. By praying, the Lord will present the opportunity and the Spirit will guide you. We are called to disciple and spread the gospel.
If you get a chance to disciple, make sure you listen to their concerns. Have someone over for dinner and make time for sharing thoughts and beliefs. Sharing this gift to others does not mean they will accept it. What they do with the conversation is up to them, but we must do what Jesus taught us to do. We hope that they listen, understand what it means to be a Christian and live a Christian lifestyle.
“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.” (Matthew 28:19-20).
It may not be easy to disciple. You will have people turn away and continue living the world view way of life and not the biblical worldview. You will have those who disagree because of their own beliefs or what society says. This is why it is important to always have your Bible with you so you can read Scripture to them. Applying the Bible to life is essential to living. But we cannot get discouraged by anyone turning away. We must continue our work by bringing others to Christ so they know the message.
There are too many people who live in the dark that need to come into the light. Do you love and worship God? If so, then you have begun your journey to disciple and let others know who Jesus is and what He has done for you. The gospel, the Cross.
Stay safe, stay healthy and God Bless