Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Matt: 28:18 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.”
He didn't say to "get them saved" - "have them say a little prayer". He said to make disciples. A quick trip to dictionary.com - a disciple is "a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower." It lists the verb as being obsolete - "to teach, to train" - but obviously the writers don't hang around evangelical Christian circles, because the verb is still in use.
Salvation is, of course, the first step. But just leading someone to Christ and then leaving them is as bad as having a baby and abandoning it. It's like planting a seed, seeing it germinate, and then letting the bunnies come and eat it.
So, I have me a young disciple - or, I am discipling a young man! And I'm excited about it, because it's the first time I've ever dealt with someone who's not my child or grandchild. I mean, yes, I have spoken in churches - but most of them have known the Lord a while. I'm giving them some "American Food", fresh spiritual bread and meat from a foreign land. But my young student friend isn't ready for solids yet. He needs some "pure spiritual milk" (1 Pet. 2:2).
The cool thing is how eager he is. He came to me during first block when I was in the student cafeteria as "The Math Lady" to help whatever students wanted it in their homework. We went over his homework ( adding polynomials) and he still had time before he had to go to class. So I asked, "You wanna just chill, or do you want to read the Bible?" (See, I'm not forcing it on him!) He said, "Read the Bible!" So I pull out the little Gideons' NT with psalms and proverbs. We're in Matthew. I don't just read it to him - I explain various cultural, historical things. Like, Joseph could have had Mary stoned, and I don't mean with Panama Red! And very likely there weren't just 3 guys following the star - they'd have an entire entourage, camels and such loaded with supplies for the journey. And Herod's soldiers wouldn't wait for (non-existent) birth certificates to show the kids were 2 or under - probably didn't check gender either. "There's a small fry -" I likened the massacre to what happened in schools in our generation.
He came up towards the end of his math class later for more help with multiplying polynomials. We did the work, he returned to class...then he came up with his lunch, and since I didn't have any students, I asked again, what would he like to do. "Let's read the Bible!"
It's like showing nature to a child and reliving the wonder.