“Yes, we can book you in to see the dentist in six months,” said the young lady on the phone. Dr. Molar was the most popular dentist in town. People purposely got cavities just to go see him. “Six months?!”, I said. “I only have six months. That’s too late!” “Michele” promised to call me if someone cancelled their appointment, but, she said, “That would be very unusual. We’ve never had anyone cancel an appointment with the Doc!”
We’re suggesting that there are several holy habits which ought to mark each of us if we are followers of Jesus. We must spend time in His Word; we must take prayer much more seriously than we do; and we must follow Jesus’ example and be a friend of sinners!
What else? I grew up as a young believer thinking that my most important duty as a believer was to make more . . . believers! To share the gospel with others so they would make a “decision” to trust Christ.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m firmly convinced that I should be looking for opportunities to share the gospel with others. But the Great Commission is the following: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt. 28). Disciple-making (not merely creating converts) is the emphasis here.
But before one can become a disciple, one must be converted! Liberal churches miss this clear biblical point, teaching that we are all children of God and must learn to live as children of God.
What am I doing in the disciple-making business? I want to be open to mentoring, discipling, several young men before my six months are up! How about you? Are you open to meeting on a regular basis with a younger believer to encourage him or her in their Christian lives?