Have you ever spent time with a new believer? I had the privilege of taking a new believer who is a new friend to a ladies retreat with me this weekend. She is a single mom of two teenage boys. And when I say single mom I mean dad is not around or in the picture at all. She is the one who supports them financially, goes to all teacher meetings, and takes them camping.
She is a breath of fresh air. Her love for her boys is evident. The Lord’s love for her is evident! He has protected her through difficult times and life choices. But three months ago, after several years of her boss being bold enough to share the love of Jesus with her and her boys and eventually coming straight on with the gospel, she came to Jesus. Broken, weary and worn. And boy has it changed her life!
That new found Jesus faith is something to be around. To see her this weekend soaking up every word from the Word. Asking questions about hard things. Lighting up when she told people her salvation story. Hearing her understand that Jesus isn’t just something you try and give up if it doesn’t work out the way you want. Making sure she understands that the path with Jesus isn’t all sunshine and roses. Giving her permission to get into that Bible (a great study Bible, a precious gift from her boss who led her to the Lord) and go crazy with pens and pencils and notes!
I’m telling you, it got me fired up!!!!
And at the end when she asked me what she owed me and I told her nothing, my treat, and that maybe someday she could pay it forward for another girl, and her response was, “I’m already saving. I want to bring another newbie along with me next time.”
I just took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. Because, yes…Yes! Yes! Yes! That’s it!!! WHO ARE WE TAKING ON THIS JOURNEY WITH US? She gets it!!! We need to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples who make disciples…..
Do you get it? Who are you discipling? Yeah, it takes time. And sometimes money. Sometimes it is emotional draining and sometimes even physically draining. But it’s what we’re called to do:Go therefore and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). It’s not going to happen unless we do it. If we wait for someone else….well, you know. You may not be called to be the one who leads the person to Christ but you may be called to be the one who is there to take them to the next step.
Let’s get going!
*I strongly believe men should disciple men and women disciple women