What is our greatest priority?
A dynamic quote from Steve, and one that should be considered with the utmost sincerity. Take a moment to reflect on your experience with discipleship. When was the last time you purposely and willingly loved and developed someone? Disciple-making is the mission of every church, of every Christian, and of every person who identifies as a disciple of Jesus.
Are you a disciple of Jesus?
Are you making other disciples of Jesus?
Contemporary churches hinder themselves by not making discipleship their first priority. This is how the early church grew at such an alarming rate! They made disciple-making their main thing, their first concern, their only focus. Jesus changed the world of twelve men and those twelve men changed the world. How? Discipleship.
Peter Drucker was widely regarded as one of the best business consultants in the world. This guy was a guru when it came to business. He wrote numerous articles and books, gave speeches all over the world, and consulted dozens of world famous corporations. Once, Drucker was asked what are the most important questions any organization can raise. His answer:
What's your business?
If discipleship is the business of the church, how is your church doing? If discipleship is the mission of every disciple, how are you doing? Jesus had the greatest impact on the world by investing the majority of his time and energy into twelve men. In fact, Jesus' first words after announcing the coming of the Kingdom were to two of his disciples, "Come, follow me...and I will send you out to fish for people."
Our greatest priority is to go and make disciples.