Jesus said that we are to go and make disciples.
Disciples. We are to participate in discipleship. What is discipleship? Discipleship is the replication of the ministry life of Jesus, his person and his power, that it may be transmitted to others through his disciples.
Discipleship is more than information. It is transformation.
My conversion is the beginning of my relationship with God, not the end. True repentance is a way of life, not just an entry point.
To some, discipleship is a student sitting at the feet of a teacher, learning new truths.
To others, discipleship is fulfilling a list of required duties.
But I would suggest that true discipleship is me giving you (by example, conversation, prayer and lifestyle) the life of Jesus so that you might give the life of Jesus to others.
We do that incrementally. We as Pentecostals like to go for the "big score" the "long pass" for the "touchdown" to make disciples. "Come to the altar," we say, "and experience the power of God." And there IS tremendous value in that.
But as a starting point, not an ending point.
A disciple, in the sense that Jesus portrays this, is made step by step, line by line, precept by precept, incrementally.
And we do that out of our own woundedness. Our own vulnerability. It's amazing to me that we spend an enormous amount of time trying to convince people that we are something that we are not, when in reality we can only really connect with them when we show our own faults and failures and mistakes and hurts.
We are all to be "wounded healers."
I encourage you today to be open with someone that they might receive Christ's life through you.