Marks of Disciples – Thu – 22-10-13

My neighbor loves to grow plants. His favorite activity is to plant a seed and watch it sprout and grow. He has grown oak trees from acorns, avocado trees from pits, as well as pumpkins, cucumbers and corn from seed. He enjoys the amazing cycle of a seed producing a plant, which produces a seed that grows into a new plant.

This reproductive cycle of plants and seed reminds me of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore goand 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.”’ (NIV)

Did you catch it? Disciples of Jesus will make disciples and teach them to obey Jesus by making more disciples. Just like seeds produce plants that produce seed in an unending cycle, Jesus’ disciples participate in a spiritual cycle of life.

Making disciples is the key command in this verse. But notice we do this while “going.” It accompanies us throughout our daily lives. We must be intentional about sharing the message of Jesus and teaching others to obey his commands. May your life display the intentional rhythm of planting seeds of faith in Jesus.

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