Open the door to discipleship

My brother and I have great talks about all areas of life. Because we share a faith foundation, we find it easy to connect in conversation. Today we talked about the importance of making disciples while we are being discipled.

Here are five ways to open the door to discipleship:

1) Live life as a Jesus follower (Matthew 5:14-16)

No matter where you are or what you are facing, let your light shine—people will see Christ in you. By the way you live day in and day out, you are witnessing to those who may be searching for the peace that can only come from reconciliation with the Father.

2) Know and speak the Scriptures (John 8:31-32)

When you know (I mean really know) the truth that sets you free, you will want to tell someone. Go with that feeling. Giving voice to your values and, more importantly, your personal experience invites the Holy Spirit to work through you.

3) Reach and teach the community (Matthew 28:18-20)

All power has been given to Jesus, and He says He will be with you always. This means when you go and teach all nations, you do so in His power. While some are called to serve internationally, “all nations” is all-inclusive. It includes our own. That means you can start right where you are today.

4) Love all people (John 13:34-35)

Jesus died for everyone, not just His friends. So ask God to help you love all people, regardless of how they may feel about you. Over time, sincere acts of loving kindness will help warm the coldest heart.

5) Embrace your forever family (Acts 2:42-43)

As believers, we are going to live together forever. Make time to invest in those relationships now because God is with the two gathered in His name. He will move mightily in your life as you walk together with another believer earnestly seeking Him.

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