Making Little Jesuses
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples…”
It almost sounds blasphemous, doesn’t it? Like, really, little Jesuses!? We are going to try and be like Him and help other people do the same? Not only is it not blasphemy but it’s actually commanded in the Scriptures by the Apostle Paul;
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children… (Eph 5.1)
And is it any wonder that we would be exhorted to be like God? It was His original intent from the beginning.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen 1.27)
Now there is “too much of a good thing” and we see this happening in Genesis 3 but we’ll save that for another post.
But suffice it to say, we were always meant to be “like” God and live as direct reflections of His glory. (Isa 43.7, Col 1.27) And it is paramount that we capture this idea and integrate it into our disciple-making process. In fact, it is not just an element of discipleship, it is the very goal or end-state of discipleship if you will. Have you ever asked yourself how the Master disciple-maker would define discipleship? I would think He would have the definitive answer to the question! More in the next post…
When we set out to make a disciple, what should she or he look like when we’re done? Is our goal to help them become all that they originally were meant to be?