The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 6 April 2019 – Disciples and Disciple-Making
TOPIC: Disciples and Disciple-Making
READ: Matthew 4:18-22 King James Version (KJV)
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Jesus, from the onset of His ministry, not only began to preach (verse 17) but also began to search and call men whom He trained to fish for other men.
This is very instructive for us because no man is everlasting and no man can be everywhere at the same time. So, when we preach the gospel, we must also be committed to raising men that will be able to do what we are doing. The gospel spreads faster this way and it also guarantees continuity.
Notice the class of men whom the Lord Jesus chose to be His disciples; it included fishermen. Anyone can become a disciple and a fisher of men; willingness to hear the voice of Jesus and follow Him is the basic requirement. Ordinary people turned into great soul winners.
That is what discipleship can achieve. We must therefore not only be engaged in the preaching of the gospel but also in the making of disciples who can do what we are doing. The sons of Zebedee left their boat with their father and followed Jesus.
What do you need to leave to follow? Are you dragging a boat of self-righteousness that is not allowing you see how much you need Jesus in your life? Are you dragging a boat of self-sufficiency that is not allowing you to see your need for a discipler over your life? Check!
Prayer: Father, please make me a disciple indeed.