by Pastor Robin Tyner
My wife, Kathryn, and I recently returned from an amazing 14 day study tour to Israel. We were part of a group of 28 pastors, spouses, and church leaders who went to learn about disciple making from the life of Christ. Many of you were praying for us, and I thank you because God blessed us with strength, safety, and good health throughout the entire trip.
If I were to choose a Bible verse that captures how the trip impacted me I would pick Psalm 66:5 which says, “Come, and see, what God has done. How awesome are his works on our behalf!” I chose that verse because I experienced so many “a-ha moments” I lost count. When we returned it didn’t take long for us to unpack our bags, but it will take years to unpack our memories.
When it comes to making disciples Jesus Christ is our best model. He is the Master Disciple-maker. No individual in history has built a stronger team; in a shorter time; started with less; and impacted the world more; than Jesus. I’m passionate about making disciples because I’ve personally enjoyed its benefits.
I grew up in a traditional church, but it wasn’t until my freshman year in college someone helped me know what it means to follow Christ. I cringe to think where I’d be today if it wasn’t for that person pouring his life into mine. Whatever years I have left I desire to be intentional in making disciples who make disciples.
One of the places we visited was the location where Jesus miraculously fed over 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. The way Jesus performed the miracle is especially significant. He could have called manna down from heaven. He could have commanded a loaf of bread to miraculously appear in each person’s hand. But He didn’t do either one. Why?
In Luke 9 11-17, we learn Jesus first gave the bread and fish to His disciples who then gave them to the multitude. Jesus wants us to give Him what we have and He will take it and multiply it, and use it for His glory. And here’s the encouraging thing – it doesn’t have to be much.
Sometimes we think we don’t have much to offer. But in the hands of Jesus a little becomes a lot. By using the disciples to distribute the food Jesus revealed His method of meeting the needs of people is by using other people. And that includes ordinary people just like you and me.
Here’s an application for you. Begin with one person. Be thinking of one person you can come alongside and help take their next step with Jesus. Some of you are already doing that and I commend you for it. Others may need to ask God to show you who you can invest in. Either way, please don’t underestimate what God can do through you. He’s able to take what you give Him and multiply it just like He did the five loaves and two fish.
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