For the past 3 years, Wendy and I have met weekly to study the bible and walk through life together. At our very first meeting, she barely said a word. She was 15 years old and was closed off due to hard experiences in her childhood. I remember thinking these meetings were going to be a challenge. Over time, God began to change her heart. Wendy was baptized and became a new creation, and since then she has grown so much in her walk with Christ. Together we have studied through multiple books of the bible, prayed for wisdom and for friends and family who are struggling, shared the gospel, and helped those in need. After Wendy had her “Beautiful Aha Moment”, I knew that she was no longer just a disciple of Christ, but she was ready to become a disciple maker.
On Thursday, I knew that it was time to formally release Wendy to be a disciple maker. She was ready. After explaining to her that we wouldn’t be meeting in the same way every week, I watched Wendy go through many of the same emotions I’m sure the disciples of Jesus did.
“I’m not capable…I can’t”, she said with tears in her eyes. “I still have so much to learn.” As she continued to express her fears, I watched her realize that she was in fact ready.
“When we started to meet, I didn’t know anything about Jesus or the bible,” she said. “Over the past few years, I have learned so much. But I know that if I keep all that I learned to myself, I’m not doing what I’m supposed to. It’s like you always say, ‘If the disciples of Jesus would have just stayed together and not shared, then we wouldn’t be here today.’ I want others to learn what I have learned and I know the only way to do that is if I share with them. I don’t think I’ll ever feel really ready until I just start sharing. I know that God has brought me to a new level of knowledge and intimacy with Him and that He will help me to continue growing and to make disciples like He commanded us to do.”
Just like the disciples, Wendy was afraid of being on her own. But she knows that Jesus promises He will always be with her and that, like the disciples, she is going to change the world for Christ! At the end of our meeting, I had the joy of giving Wendy a hug, no longer as her teacher but as her co-laboror for Christ.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20