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I can tell the stories about the birth of each of my children. If you have children, I’m sure you can do the same. After the birth of my first, I ran two stop lights driving home because I was so elated. The second was born on Easter Sunday. For our last child, we drove over 30 miles to the hospital. Each birth was special. But my role as a parent didn’t stop with their birth. I loved, hugged, played and taught each of my children. Being a parent isn’t simply about producing a child. It requires raising a child to adulthood.
The same is true about being a disciple of Jesus. As disciples, we make other disciples. But that is more than just involvement in their spiritual birth. Listen to Matthew 28:18-20, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”’ (NIV)
Notice disciples teach others to obey Jesus. Whether teaching a class, leading a small group or simply talking to another person, share what you’ve learned about living for Jesus. Disciples of Jesus teach one another to obey him.
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