Christians are given a crucial task by Jesus Christ, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19). It is perhaps the clearest directive that Jesus gives to His followers. But let’s be honest, most self-proclaimed Christians have never made a disciple. Even worse, perhaps most have never even attempted to make a disciple. Not to be overly mean, but if you have never attempted to make a disciple, I would encourage you to ask yourself, am I really a Christian, or am I just pretending? For if you love Jesus, you talk about Jesus.
The most common excuse for not obeying Jesus’ explicit command is because we are afraid. We are afraid of what people might think. We are afraid that we will get in trouble at work. We are afraid that we might say the wrong thing. Anxiety is a powerful and effective weapon of Satan. It puts a stop to the proclamation of the Gospel, which is the means by which God expands His Kingdom. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? “(Romans 10:14).
However, our anxiety is misplaced, because most of our fears are not appropriate. For example, I have known a great number of Christians, and I have never met one who was fired because they shared the Gospel at work. In fact, off the top of my head, I cannot think of even one who has been scolded. Having said that, should the potential persecution cause us not to share Christ? The Bible very clearly says that we should rejoice if we are persecuted, not avoid it. (Matthew 5:11-12).
Likewise, we over complicate evangelism. Consider our verse, John 1:46. Philip was one of the first followers of Jesus. With very little knowledge of Jesus and His teaching, Philip immediately stepped out on faith and shared Jesus with His friend Nathanael. All that Philip said was, “"We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael responded with doubt, but Phil didn't give up. He responded very simply, “Come and see.” What a great and simple lesson on making disciples 101.
· Step 1: Find a person.
· Step 2: Tell them that you have found what you have been looking for in Jesus Christ.
· Step 3: Have them check it out for themselves.
Sharing Jesus is not difficult. You do not need to go to seminary before you make a disciple. You do not have to be a Pastor to proclaim the Gospel. It is a command for all who believe in Jesus. The newest Christian can easily and immediately lead someone to accept Jesus as their Lord and as their Savior. All you have to do is encourage them to come and see for themselves.