I have been thinking lately about the command that Jesus gave, which was to go and make disciples. I guess it has been on my mind, since I was recently awarded the Mathetes Award for excellence in discipleship. I was truly humbled by this award.
A disciple is defined as a follower. Our goal as Christians is to lead others to God and that they would follow Him.
I have been leading a ladies Bible study in my home for about two years now. We have studied various topics: Proverbs 31 woman, Titus 2:3-5; Fruit of the Spirit and Perplexing Proverbs. For the majority of the studies, we just have a few woman that attend. We have come to know each other pretty well and have developed a close relationship. My heart's desire for them is that they will grow and learn more about being a woman that is sold out to Jesus. I guess you could say that I disciple them. But I have no desire for them to turn into "Jodie". I do not want them to be a follower of me, but instead to be a follower of Jesus. My job is to point them to the only person that is worthy of following, and that is Jesus.
There are many areas in our lives where we have the opportunity to influence others, or disciple them. I have been a Christian for 37 years now. The older I get, I realize how vital it is to point others to Jesus. We do this through the things we say and don't say. I am becoming more aware of the importance of continually guarding my speech. I pray that the things that come out of my mouth will glorify and bring praise to God. He is my heart's desire.