What is a Disciple? (4) A Disciple is a Witness
Two weeks ago, we looked at the fact that a disciple is a worshipper. Last week we saw that a disciple is a servant. This week the apostle John gives us another helpful picture of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. This time it comes to us in the commission of our Lord, when He says to His followers (on two occasions) “As the father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (See John 17:18 and 20:21) This means that disciples of Jesus are on a mission. It means, in the broadest sense, that they are ALL missionaries. That WE are all missionaries empowered by God’s Spirit to step out into this world as witnesses to the Gospel (Acts 1:8).
Jesus was sent into this world for a purpose – To Reveal God to Sinners (John 1:12-14) – and he was determined to see it accomplished (Isaiah 50:7; Luke 9:51). We too, as His disciples, are sent out for a purpose – to proclaim the Good news of the Gospel (Romans 10:14-17).
To be a disciple of Jesus means to point people to Him. It means to tell the story of Jesus and his love so that others would know Him and worship Him. What this means is that we, as His Disciples, are SEEKERS of more Worshipping – Serving – Missionaries. This is another way of saying that a disciple of Jesus makes disciples of Jesus, as Jesus tells us to do (Matthew 28:18-20). We go as a Witness.
Let me leave you with a quote from the late Billy Graham:
The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear the full responsibility for the next one; but we do have our generation. God will hold us responsible as to how well we fulfill our responsibilities to this age and take advantage of our opportunities. —Billy Graham
See You Sunday,