If you have been tuned in the past two Faithful Friday’s, you know that I have been talking a lot about discipleship and really encouraging you to disciple others. But, I want to take a step back this week and talk about the heart.
Have you ever asked yourself why you go to church? Why you do bible studies? Why you “disciple” others? As followers of Christ, if we are not doing these things with the right motives, we are wasting our time and possibly doing more harm than good. God doesn’t care about the outward appearance, he looks at our hearts. He tells us this repeatedly through scripture.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”- 1 Samuel 16:7
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. – Matthew 15:8-9
Think about it, we see in scripture how the Pharisees devoted their entire lives to “religion” as a way to impress people around them. God calls us to action, but our motivation matters. Maybe you are reluctant to disciple someone (I know I have struggled with this in the past – thinking why would God want to us me, or am I qualified?), but God wants us to minister to others out of the joy of our heart. He desires for us to lead cheerfully.
For me, the easiest way to begin was to realize that love comes first. Think about it, if you spend time pouring into someone else’s life, but don’t truly love and care about them, it is worthless. It means nothing. Paul gave us this advice, “ If I speak in tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith, so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned as a martyr, but have not love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Ministering to others is more than just having “biblical knowledge” (although this is important). It is about taking the time to get to know people and loving on them. It’s being Christ to people around you. How much do you care about the people around you? Enough to share the love of Christ?
Another important aspect I want to touch on is that is important through this to lead by example. One of the worst things you can do is teach things to others and not follow them yourself. We will this being a hypocrite and it is one of the most common criticisms of Christians. This means, we have to focus on being like Jesus in every aspect of our lives. It means pursing God with our whole heart. I am by no means saying that you need to be perfect, none of us can be. That is where “grace” steps in and the love of Christ.
My prayer for you this week, is that God will give you the push you need to make disciples, increase your love for Him and others in your life; and empower you to live out the life he has planned for you according to His word.
As always, let me know if I can be praying for you in any way!
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