Every Christian has been called to make disciples of all the nations. This great commission was first entrusted by Jesus to his disciples at the end of his earthly ministry, and passed down to every believer since. These are our marching orders. Make disciples. If the kingdom of God is going to increase and God is going to get all the glory that He rightly deserves from every tongue, tribe and nation we must make disciples. Does that mean God NEEDS us? Absolutely not!
However, in the infinite wisdom of God he has ordained that weak and broken people, like myself can and ought to participate in fulfilling his commands. I have the privilege to be used by God by the help of the Holy Spirit to help men become more like Jesus by calling them to obey everything He has commanded in the word of God. Wow! That’s humbling.
So, are you making disciples? You say, “Yes! I am.” But let me press you on that a little more. While you’re out there winning the world for Jesus are you at the same time neglecting your own home? While you’re seeking to disciple the children at your Church or in your neighborhood are you at the same time neglecting your role and responsibility to disciple your own children?
As a Pastor, I have been called by God to feed the flock that God has entrusted me with. I have been called to teach and preach the whole counsel of God but if I’m not careful I could easily be guilty of caring for the world and forgetting my family in the process.
In my pursuit of wanting to bring God glory by shepherding God’s people I could easily, and have often times been guilty of overlooking the little flock under my roof that God has given me to shepherd. Am making disciples? Yes, but in the end if I’m not making disciples in my own home, but I’m winning everyone else to Jesus am I really giving God all the glory He deserves? I’m afraid not.
Husbands, your family is a gift given to you by God, and while you are out their making disciples of all the nations be reminded that you are also called to make disciples in your own home.
A few weeks ago I decided to take action. I have always been involved in my family’s life and I have never completely neglected them when it came to being the spiritual leader God has called me to be in the home, but just recently I have become more intentional about making disciples in the Ramirez family. Inspired and challenged by a sermon I heard from R.C Sproul Jr. on the topic of family devotions I was again reminded that as the spiritual leader in my home it was my responsibility lead my family in worship.
For years, I had been back and forth with my consistency in family worship. I would feel convicted for my lack of leadership in this area and as a knee jerk response I would tell my wife that today marks a new day, from now on we WILL meet with the Lord and have family devotions only to find myself slowly drifting away from my original commitment.
So what changed? In some ways nothing. I still struggle with the urge of wanting to quite. I hear the whispers in my mind that tell me this whole family devotion thing is a complete waste of time.
If I’m not competing with my 9 month old son for who’s turn it is to speak then I’m trying to calm my 2-year-old daughter down from wanted to do everything other than sit still and pay attention to what I’m teaching her; so apart of me is like, forget it! This is pointless. But the truth of the matter is that it’s not pointless; In fact, God is using our family devotions to sanctify my in ways that I didn’t know I needed to be sanctified in. God isn’t just teaching my children about himself through our family devotions but he is also teaching me about himself through our family devotions.
Jesus commanded his followers to my disciples. He told them to go in his name and the promise was that He would be with them as they went. Jesus told his followers to do something that would be absolutely impossible for them to do in their own power. Make disciples! I’m sure the disciples were thinking to themselves, wait, what? Make disciples? Without you being here? That’s impossible.
Matthew 28:18-19—“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Praise the Lord! The God of all the universe is with me throughout the whole process of making disciples in my own home, and he promises to never leave me or forsake me.
So, by faith, I will pour myself into my wife by loving her as Christ loved the church and by washing her with the word of God.
By faith I will catechize my children and teach them the ways of the Lord, so that one day that can respond to the tender call of God for them to surrender their hearts to the God who calls all his followers to make disciples of all the nations both in and outside of the home.
You see, the promise that Jesus goes before me to do what He has commands me to do, that is, makes disciples actually frees me to be a faithful Pastor to my church and more importantly a faithful husband to my wife and a father to my children. Regardless of how many times I have failed at being consistent with my our family devotions; today God goes before me and is with me to do what God has called me to do not just as a Past So, now by faith, I will not only make disciples of all the nations but I will also makes disciples in my own home.