Our traditional perception of evangelistic success is when we lead a person in prayer and they accept Christ However, disciple-making is achieved when new believers start to live in Christ, not just church meetings.
A decision centres on a point in time. Making a disciple centres on an ongoing lifestyle. Decision-making and disciple-making are not the same. Both should work to support the other. Making disciples simply means using your unique spiritual gift in a committed relationship with others to bring them into a life in Christ, serving Him.
Let's talk about these 'ways of the Kingdom', the ways for your best life, your most successful life, your life that works, your life as it was meant to be! Your life in Christ.
Jesus gave His disciples these ways of the Kingdom in Matthew 5-7, in the Sermon on the Mount;
Matthew 5:1-3 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Humility knows we need God. Humility knows we need others. Humility recognises how great we are not. Humility admits to our own shortcomings and congratulates others on their successes. Humility serves others we consider our equal or less. Humility waits patiently. Humility restrains anger. Humility is not announcing our own achievements. Humility prefers others. Humility is not something that is given to us, it is something we do to ourselves.
James 4:19 Humble Yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
We are to humble ourselves. If others humble us it will be through humiliation. God does not want to humble us, He calls on us to do that to ourselves. Humility serves, we serve at every opportunity. We get people their food, we take their coat, we open the door, we carry bags, we straighten seats, we help others with the menial.
See you in church!