Devotional by James Shupert
One of my favorite scriptures to meditate on is Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I believe this scripture is critical to the mandate of discipleship. Many Christians know that we’re supposed to do this, but most don’t know where to start. Discipleship isn’t supposed to be complicated. It can be difficult, but it should not be complicated. Discipleship is not helping church people become better church people. It is finding people (of any age) who don’t know Jesus, introducing them to Him, and helping them follow Him and develop “higher thoughts.”
One of the most common reasons people don’t make disciples is because they don’t feel ready for God to use them. There is always some reason for not making disciples but the Great Commission in Matthew 28 doesn’t say anything about “being ready.” In the Gospel of John, Jesus turns to Peter and tells him to feed His sheep even though Peter denied Him. This shows that Jesus is much more willing to use us than we “feel ready” to be used. An important key to discipleship is not to stray from the basics of grace, faith and repentance. The repetition, consistency, and staying true to the Message are more important than finding more creative ways to make disciples.
Wave Conference and Wave Kids Camp is a great place to start your journey as a disciple maker. Through all of the creative planning, games and fellowship taking place on the teams, natural relationships are developed that in turn transform into lasting friendships. All you have to do is say yes and we equip you with all of the tools necessary for success!
So get ready, get ready, get ready to disciple someone or several people in your family, workplace, or community.