We’ve looked at the first two steps in the process of discipleship: trusting Jesus and honoring God. Some people think this is everything Jesus envisioned for his followers. But stopping at the second step is missing out on an important element of true discipleship. Jesus wants every single one of his disciples to go “full circle” and help other people pursue God.
The Great Commission
Jesus changed the world with a handful of fishermen and ordinary people. He discipled and mentored them and then commanded them to do the same thing with others.
Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.
The call to make disciples extends to every follower of Jesus, not just the pastors or the “spiritually elite.” That’s why Jesus started with fishermen, not Pharisees. Christianity has always been a movement of regular people helping regular people. It was never meant to be another institution managed like a corporation.
Equipped to Invest
Most Christians today don’t feel qualified or equipped to share their faith with the people around them. But disciple-making is not just about sharing your faith. It’s about having a willingness to invest in someone on life topics, too, adding value in the areas they care about most. Over time, this kind of investment in people can create the relational soil in which the seed of the gospel can someday grow. This is what we at pursueGOD.org call biblical “mentoring,” and we’ve built our free online tools to help you start doing it.
Regular people can use our tools to start helping regular people, one topic at a time. Parents can mentor their kids. Students can mentor other students. Men can mentor men and women can mentor women. Every Christian can “get in the game” and start doing with Jesus expected all along.
Foundations Truth Three
The third and final foundational truth for discipleship is about how to really mature in your faith: “We mature by helping others.” Maturity is not about smart Christians becoming smarter. The Bible says that the true measure of greatness is not about how “spiritual” you look or act, but whether you love people enough to help them. And one of the greatest way to help them is by investing in them personally by mentoring them.
Answering the Great Commission comes with a benefit. By mentoring others through life and faith topics, you’ll slowly find yourself maturing in your own faith. Though you may not feel qualified at the beginning of the journey, you’ll discover that you’ve matured at the end. This is the essence of the third truth: maturity comes while you help others pursue God.
Ephesians 4:15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
A full circle pursuer of God is someone who trusts Jesus, and honors God, and then helps other people do the same. Your discipleship is incomplete until you start making disciples. There are people in your world who need your help. Are you willing to invest in them? If so, move on to our Mentor Training Series to learn more.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Give some examples of the selfish things young children do. When do they become less selfish?
- Give an example of an organization or industry where people serve less as they get promoted.
- Read Philippians 2:4-8. What can you do this week to begin to have more of a servant’s attitude toward others?
- Read and discuss Matthew 6:19-21. How does this affect the way you think about giving?
- Who helped you pursue God? How did they do it? Do you think you can help someone else pursue God? Why or why not?
- Make a list of a few people in your life who could benefit from your help. What practical things can you do to begin to reach out?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.