Jesus gave us a mandate: “GO and MAKE Disciples.” To teach us what he meant and the “how to,” He went to the little town in Samaria, and there he made a new disciple. She is simply known as the Woman at the Well.
She not only became a disciple but she began the discipling process by telling others about her experience with Christ. She said the same words that Jesus said: “Come and see….”
Listen to the villager’s words after she shared the change in her life:
“No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one really is the Savior of the world.”
And that is what a discipler is to do today as they meet new people who are unchurched or churched but do not know. She was the presenter of the words of life, but they made a decision for themselves.
Don’t you wonder what happened after Jesus stayed there for three days? Where did the words of life go as they and other disciples of Christ shared their life altering experiences that came to them as they accepted Christ as their personal savior? They were sent around the world and you and I are the recipients. Jesus said, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,” and that is the premise where we must begin. We are the “now” generation to go and tell, to say “come and see…” in order that we may be fulfilling the “go and make disciples” command.
As you begin with your new disciple, you must teach them to hunger and thirst for God’s Word just like Jeremiah: “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.” As we begin our journey with a new disciple, our first order of business is to plant a hunger in the hearts of those to whom we are sent. Our prayer and our desire is that they, too, find God’s Word a joy and a delight.
The how to seems so simple, but our archenemy seeks to find ways to distract us from just saying those simple three words. But, remember Isaiah 55: “My ways are higher than your ways.” Trust God to direct you to the next person that needs to hear, “come and see.”
Next time we will discuss training the disciple One2One.