What Does a Disciple Look Like?
We have been in a series through the Book of Acts in our Spanish services which has led us through the thinking of how to be true disciples of Jesus. One of the verses that has captured our attention is Acts 11:26 which says in the last line: “And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” NKJV.
I think they lived out the life of Jesus; there’s no other explanation. They were so similar to their Master that it was noticed by others and they started calling them “Christians” (Christ-like). So the real question is—how are we living our lives out?
Last Saturday, while many of us were helping with our church’s property cleaning, there were several families and individuals from both sides of our congregation, English speakers, Spanish speakers, and I could notice something in common: those who brought their kids to work that day were not only doing the job, but helping the little ones to follow instructions at the same time. “How did I do it, Daddy?” said one of the 8 year olds who came. “You’re doing a great job!” answered Dad. This gave me a picture of what discipleship means! At the end of the day the job was done and the grounds looked fantastic; of course there were some pros involved, but many average workers and some learners as well, and the job was done with the participation of all of us! And so is the work of God. Let us remember that Jesus called us to be and to make disciples so the job gets done! We better get busy in the business of witnessing to others around us, and in the process, let’s help one another to follow the Lord’s instructions and encourage one another as we all do something.
Some six weeks ago I approached one of our worship team members in the English service and asked her if she was willing to disciple one of our young ladies who serves in the Spanish worship team so she would not only improve her playing skills but also receive some encouragement on her ministry to the body of Christ. I’m so glad she accepted the challenge! I’ve noticed so much growth in our little sister, both music and spiritual wise!
There’s something about the philosophy of our church to be “one church, two languages” that excites me and makes me want to do so much more for our Lord Jesus Christ for the rest of my life here at Evergreen! I’m so looking forward to our combined services for the weekend of October 14 and 15, by the way. Let us continue to being and making disciples together!
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men (and women) who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 NKJV (added parenthesis).
Shaped by His Grace,
Pastor Joe Gutierrez