Read Matthew 15.15-20

But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart…” (Matthew 15.18)


The young disciplemaker was on the verge of making a big mistake. He had pulled together a handful of guys for Bible study in the dorm of a local college. They weren’t followers of Jesus yet but things were headed in that direction. As he and I discussed the growth of the men, he was fixated on one thing: the guys were smoking cigarettes. I was surprised his aim was so low. I asked, “Why are you going after these minor issues when if you aim for the heart, you’ll see real spiritual transformation?” I told him, “Major on getting them in the Word, pray for them, love them, and let God deal with the cigarettes.” Two weeks later, several of the guys quit smoking. This is key to making disciples of Jesus: if you capture the heart, you capture the man. But if you just focus on the externals, it’s like dressing someone up in a tuxedo for an appointment in Hell.

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