on being a disciple

by Mary Stout

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.” (Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NIV)

Now that you have decided you want to be a Jesus follower, what next? It’s easy to think now that you have come to the altar and accepted Christ as your Savior you have arrived. Nothing more needs to happen, right? Your sins are forgiven, Jesus is living in you now.
Life is going to be so good and nothing will change how you feel as a new believer. Believe it or not, that assumption is what gets you into trouble. Once you become a Christian, you are just getting started! There are a few things you can do to begin knowing Jesus on a daily basis.

First, spend time with the Lord. Study his word. Get to know him. Utilize every resource you can to deepen your relationship with Jesus. Pray and listen. Begin connecting with other Jesus followers. A friend once said, if you’re going to get to know Jesus, you probably need to spend time with him. Each season he reads one of the Gospels to learn more about him daily. Worship him.

As you get to know Jesus and those you do life with you will find your faith deepens and your light begins to shine brighter. When you follow the path God has for you, life flows. You begin to be aware of the opportunities that are available to you to show others how Jesus changed your life. Your witness is your life, your action, and as your light begins piercing the darkness, others take notice. In recovery programs it is referred to as attraction not promotion. May we live our walk with the Lord so others look at us and wonder what happened and want to know just who our Savior is. Are you ready to be a witness?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us a brand new life in you. Help us and guide us as we show others who you are. May our witness bring you glory and we pray others will know you are the author of our new life in Christ Jesus. In your name we pray, Amen