Devotional: You’re A Disciple Maker
Someone is following in your footsteps. So, whose footsteps are you following in? In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul shows us that discipleship is like many links in the chain: everyone that follows you is ultimately following the one that you have chosen to follow. Paul followed Jesus, and that is why he urges us to follow him. In the same way, when we follow Jesus, we can urge others to follow us because that means we are ultimately pointing them to Jesus. That is why the devil would love to disqualify us with doubts, fears, and feelings of insufficiency. But God has made us perfectly (Psalm 139:14) and Jesus sent us out with His authority (Matthew 28:16-20) and equipped us with spiritual gifts to impart to others (Romans 1:11).
Questions for Meditation
- Have you ever tried to disqualify yourself? What lies convinced you?
- Read Psalm 139:14. What does this say about the qualities you were created with? Who is responsible for creating you with those qualities? Who are you actually doubting by disqualifying yourself? Is God calling you to stop agreeing with the lies, repent and agree with Him?
- Read Philippians 4:9. What is Paul telling us to do? Whose footsteps did Paul follow in? What happens when we follow in the footsteps of those who follow God?
- Read Matthew 28:19-20. What does Jesus call us to do with the qualities and gifts He created us with? Who are we leading people to when we teach them to follow in our footsteps?
- Read 1 Timothy 4:14 and Romans 1:11. What does making disciples look like? What gifts has God given you to impart? If you don’t know: what have you done in the Kingdom (Examples: serving, speaking, interacting, praying or giving)?
- Whose footsteps are you following in? Who is following in your footsteps? Are you living a life that points people to Jesus?
- What is God calling you to do in His kingdom? If you don’t know: will you seek the presence of God and follow in Jesus’ footsteps?