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  • Writer's pictureMark Alan Williams

5 Reasons to be a Disciple-Maker

Please consider this carefully!

Recently a friend wrote me an email asking if I had written anything about why we

should want to disciple others. He wrote: “we human, including Christian type, always

ask - out loud or subconsciously –‘what is in it for me???’ or what benefit do I get from

the action or offering you are making? Question for you Mark  -  Have you made a list

the benefits of DOING discipleship;  to both parties.”

He also wrote what prompted his question. He is “trying to get discipleship training going

at the church. So what do you say to motive people to get off the bench and take action?"

This is Jason Resende, of Uberlandia, Brazil. Jason is a wonderful disciple-maker!

I immediately realized what a great question he is asking. So now I’ve thought about it

and would like to answer with:

5 Reasons to be a Disciple-Maker:

Note, I have also written 5 Reasons to be Discipled for those wondering if they need


1. The joy of obeying Jesus.

Being a follower of Jesus means obeying Him, right? Hopefully we can all agree

on that. And in fact, if we’re not willing to obey Him, we should question if we are truly

By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His

commandments.” (1 John 2:3 Berean Study Bible)

One of Jesus most fundamental commandments to us is “The Great Commission.

The one imperative in it is to “make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19)

And as we think about and do it, we should also think about the fact that Jesus

never tells us to do something in order to make us miserable. He instructs us to do

His will in order to create in us a sense of joy, fulfillment, purpose, meaning,

direction and so on. We experience the joy of doing His will.

2. The joy of doing what Jesus did.

How did Jesus spend His ministry time? The vast majority of it was spent in small

discipling groups.

Naturally we’re impressed with the teaching of and then feeding of 5,000. But

doing that was a small amount of Jesus’ time and frankly, it was likely some of

the least impactful. Consider John 6:66; “At this point many of his disciples turned

away and deserted him.” (NLT)

On the other hand, who “turned the world upside down?” (Acts 17:6) It was a

relatively small group of disciples who were most impacted by Jesus, primarily

the twelve disciples.

WWJD is a popular phrase for many. In case you missed it, it’s an acronym for

“What Would Jesus Do?” Many have worn bracelets with WWJD on them, or had

car bumper stickers with WWJD, or coffee mugs.

It’s a popular slogan, but to be more than just a slogan, to do what Jesus would do

is to be a disciple-maker.

3. The joy of helping others grow spiritually.

Recently Carolyn and I visited a church and we saw a couple who we haven’t

seen in perhaps 20 years. We chatted for a few minutes and then as we were

leaving the husband unexpectedly said, “By the way, your ministry really

How did I feel when I heard that? I felt like the Apostle John who wrote, “I could

have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.” (3 John

1:4 NLT)

Our ministry, Discipleship Journeys with Jesus, has a huge vision. But in the end,

the number is big because the number represents individuals! It represents individual lives touched by Jesus, real people saved, walking with Him, and reproducing more disciples.

4. The joy of growing, by helping others grow spiritually.

When we help others grow spiritually, we usually grow more than they do. It’s

funny how that works—maybe it’s because we feel that we have a responsibility

to know more, do more, apply more.

It’s awesome!

And what’s also great about disciple-making is that you don’t have to be a:

  • public speaker

  • a Bible scholar

  • a charismatic personality

  • an up-and-comer

All you have to do is find someone who doesn’t know as much as you do and

begin to help them learn more! Or several people, like Jesus did.

Then, as you begin to share with them, you begin to grow more than ever.

5. The joy of making life count.

Life is short! Who knows, this might be our last decade, our last year, our last

month, our last week, or even our last day. Maybe it is not any of these for you

and me, however there is a near 100% chance that it is our last century. And I’m

old enough now to tell you that even a century goes by quickly!

Someone asked a great question, “What are you investing your one and only life

in that will last for eternity?” Jesus said to do that! He said:

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and

vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for

yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy,

and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-20 NIV)

Yes, Jesus was talking about money, however an even more important resource is

our time. How are we investing our time? Shouldn’t we be investing our time in

the Big Picture of what God wants us to do: make disciples?


Perhaps you’re willing, but a big question is: “Can I do it?” The answer is, “Of course

you can! Jesus never tells us to do something we cannot do!”

So, drop defenses such as:

  • I don’t know enough about the Bible

  • I’m not smart enough

  • I don’t have answers

  • I haven’t studied the Bible enough

  • I’m not spiritual enough

And don’t say, “I don’t know how.” If you’re saying, “I don’t know how,” you need to

check out a tool we’ve created for you! It’s called “Discipleship Journeys with Jesus

(DJJ), and it’s a free resource that makes it far easier to “make disciples” because it gives

“tracks to run on.” Thousands are being discipled using these studies based on biblical

journeys with Jesus. You can join with them. Just click the link and sign in.

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