Today most try to live in such a way to avoid discomfort. When discomfort takes place, it usually is a sign to stop whatever we are doing. If we experience physical pain when exercising, we will normally stop. If we feel emotional pain in a relationship, we may do something to avoid discomfort. Yet, when taking on new challenges, discomfort can be a vital part of growth and achievement. This is especially true in discipling others.
In Matthew 28:18-20 we have a command, not a suggestion, from Jesus to all who believe in Him as Savior. It is referred to as “The Great Commission,” because it is a responsibility upon ALL believers to make disciples. This verse states:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
This verse does not contain one thing that we can comprehend or do without the Holy Spirit. We can’t go, make, teach, baptize or anything else without being in submission to the authority spoken of in this verse. As we correctly respond to the authority of Jesus in our own lives, then and only then can we be used to disciple others.
If the truth be told, discomfort will be felt first as we shed our own fleshly ways in becoming disciples. Then discomfort can come in many ways as we face the unknown in trying to know what to say and what to do on behalf of each individual being discipled. However, the short-term discomfort will achieve long-term goals for our Lord. Remember, when taking on new challenges, discomfort can be a vital part of growth and achievement. Here are even some questions that may produce discomfort for you:
We are not to fear the discomfort of the unknown in discipling others. Refusing to go to those living in sin is to withhold the light that will expel the darkness and give them an opportunity to see and receive true life in Jesus. This is just what Satan wants. So let’s go and fulfill Jesus’ desires above his.