Jesus asks those who follow Him to go make disciples. (Mt. 28:19-20) A disciple, according to Scripture, is someone who knows, follows, and is changed by Jesus. Their life is defined and patterned by the mission of God. Jesus doesn’t ask for us to make disciples on our own. According to Acts 1:8, He is empowering us to do this by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is equipping us to do His work.
We must first be a disciple. Being a disciple first requires us to know Jesus. Knowing isn’t just a mental assent or an understanding about; knowing involves love, connection, and passion for something. The first facet of our mission is to fall more and more in love with our Savior. As we fall more in love with Jesus, He becomes more and more the one we worship and treasure. (Lk 12:34, Phil 3:7, Rev 5)
God has given us an identity as a disciple, and called us to be a people who make disciples. Following Jesus involves being people who live as Jesus has called us to live, which centers around His call for us to make disciples. (Mt 28:16-20, Lk 5:10, Ac 1:8)
CHANGED BY JESUS
The natural result of falling in love with Jesus is being changed by Him. Not only does our love for Jesus propel us to be changed, but His love for us has caused change. In Christ, we are given a new heart and a new life. Being a disciple changes us. (2Cor 5:17, 1Cor 13:4- 7, Eph 2:4)