“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
Jesus has called us to make disciples of all nations. He has not called us to simply make converts. The problem with many ministries today is that they are concerned simply about numbers. Numbers mean absolutely nothing if people are not being properly discipled.
The process of discipleship takes time and patience. The problem is many church leaders are not interested in either. They instead are interested in only glorifying their own name. If we are to properly disciple people we must be patient and gracious with mistakes that will be made.
When we examine the gospels and the example Jesus set we see the Lord used all things to teach the disciples about God’s kingdom. He was incredibly patient with the disciples as they made mistakes. When we examine the life of Peter we see that Peter was full of mistakes and even denied the Lord three times. But Jesus never gave up on him because the Lord saw past the exterior into Peter’s heart.
We cannot base what we believe on what we see with our physical eyes. Too many times when churches are looking for people for leadership they base things on the externals. We should instead be examining the fruit of a person’s life which will reveal their commitment to Christ and His kingdom.
Discipleship takes time, grace, and patience. When people are properly discipled the church will properly grow. We must always remember that God’s ways and His time table is vastly different than ours. Never be in a hurry but be willing to invest in those the Lord has placed under your charge.