Date: October 17, Friday
Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Verse: 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 (Matthew 28:19)
I have had the privilege throughout my ministry of hanging around with musicians. The really good musicians I have known through the years are like sponges absorbing musical knowledge. They are always looking to learn from the other members of the band. They work together on rhythms, key changes, little tricks for playing, transitions between chords, and whatever else one of them doesn’t know. It is kind of a given in the music community, that knowledge is meant to be shared. Music is one of those things that is difficult to learn in a traditional classroom. It is often best learned by getting with someone better than you and asking questions, watching what they do, and making music together with them.
In today’s passage, Jesus sets the disciples up to work in much the same way. He tells them to “go and make disciples.” Literally, the word disciple means student. Jesus is calling his followers to go and make other followers, to build a long succession of people who are on “The Way,” his way of living.
In his book Building a Discipling Culture author Mike Breen states, “If you make disciples, you always get the church. But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples.”* Which is why Jesus called us to “go and make disciples,” and not to go and build the institutional church. Every good musician I have known is part teacher and part student — imparting what they know, and absorbing what they don’t. When that works well, all the musicians get better. The same is true as disciples of Jesus. We each need to be part teacher and part student. Then we will make one another better.
Prayer: Teach me, O God, to be a disciple who makes disciples. Amen.
Action: Reflect on your role as both student and teacher. Do you have a good balance there? In which area do you most need to grow?
Respond: What are some things you have learned in a way similar to the way musicians teach one another?
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*Breen, Mike (2011-08-16). Building a Discipling Culture (Kindle Locations 100-101). 3DM. Kindle Edition.