Discipling: A Life of Obedience

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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Jesus (Mt 28:19-20)

“Teaching them to obey” requires a life of obedience rather than conformity of beliefs.

Jesus is summoning people to follow him in total obedience and complete allegiance. As the One who had been given all authority, he was summoning His followers to submit to His lordship and to “disciple all the peoples” to submit to His reign/kingdom authority.

So teaching obedience to Christ’s commands actually extends His rule (kingdom) in the hearts of all peoples.

I was reflecting today about making disciples and the necessity of submitting to Jesus as one’s authority. Last year, one of the students that I had been discipling for over a year decided he didn’t want to follow Jesus anymore. He told me that He didn’t believe what the Bible said about not having pre-marital sex. Soon he was questioning everything he said that he believed.

Here’s the issue: he didn’t want to submit to Jesus’ authority in his life.

You can’t call Jesus “Lord” and then not do what He says. A follower of Jesus (Christian) will live a life in submission to Christ and His authority. And he or she will be actively engaged in helping others to follow Jesus in submission to His authority.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Submit to Jesus’ authority in your life in loving obedience. Call others to join you in submitting to Jesus’ authority!

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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