Cultivating Discipleship: Sharing Christ’s Love

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One of the memorable trips from my childhood was with my family to a stream in the middle of the Arizona desert. I recall my uncle handing me a fishing rod and offer me the chance to “catch a fish.” Despite not having much interest in fishing, that day taught me a valuable lesson. It was something important to my uncle, and he wanted to share his favorite hobby with me. So, I caught my first fish – and promptly let it go.

For many, teaching something they love, such as a hobby or trade, is a pleasure. Experience is something Christ recognized as an act of kindness we should embrace. However, some people do not enjoy, teaching. I have known individuals with considerable knowledge and talent, who chose not to share it. Perhaps they fear that what they possess is so special that they want to keep it exclusive.

As Christ followers, we find joy in His glory and should desire others to experience what He can do in their lives through their talents. To be a disciple-maker, be open to the Lord using you mightily and acknowledge that He can use others to reach people for His kingdom too. Do not let people’s pasts shape your perspective of how God can use them in the future. Remember Paul’s journey – God can use anyone to be a disciple for Him.

Reflect on a time when someone taught you something for the first time – how did it impact you? Where are you at now because of that teaching? I am grateful that my family taught me about Christ’s love and sacrifice at a young age; it has shaped me into the Christian and person that I am today!

Be a disciple-maker.
Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

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