Jesus sent His disciples to make disciples who make disciples. He sent them to multiply disciples – to reproduce more followers.
A disciplemaker only knows how effectively he has taught someone to follow Jesus when he sees his disciple’s disciple teaching others. That’s four generations.
Your Disciple’s Disciple
Your Disciple’s Disciple’s Disciple
You help someone to follow Jesus. You then help them to help someone else follow Jesus. And when the person they discipled is discipling someone, then you know that your disciple really gets it because they are making disciples who make disciples.
Unfortunately, too few Christians are actually committed to making disciples who make disciples who make disciples.
Dr. Keith Phillips, president of World Impact in Los Angeles has written a great book on disciplemaking. In it, he asks this thought provoking question:
Examine your life. Is there one person walking with God today and investing in others the fullness of life he has in Christ as a result of your ministry. One man? One woman? If not, you have not been fruitful. (The Making of a Disciple)
Every Christian is called to reproduce followers of Jesus. That’s the fruit of the Christian life.