Matthew 4:19, 20… Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.
In Matthew 4, we see a willingness from Jesus to show his followers how to make disciples. Notice He never directly speaks about showing them how to BE a disciple. Jesus promises to “show them how”…
Throughout the years, I have always been a visual tactile learner. I learn best and retain knowledge longer when I can see it, experience it or get my hands dirty doing it. I have never really been a good student when it came to reading books, taking tests and taking notes. I can do all of that but that is not the best learning method for me, especially if I want to remember the information. I was never a good test taker because I would get nervous over the amount of time given to take the test and I could never recall the information I was supposed to retain. Maybe this has been true for you over the years.
Jesus is a much different teacher. He was always showing the disciples how to do something or telling them stories that related to life situations that they were already familiar with and comfortable retelling so they could learn how to be a committed follower. It is comforting to me that Jesus is still willing to show us how to make disciples and He transforms our hearts in the midst of doing to being more and more like Him.
Here is the key… doing something to bring honor and glory to Jesus before we are fully made into (being) a disciple of Jesus. Jesus wants to use you because you are ordinary and wiling to learn; you are open to doing something for Jesus even though you may not have all the knowledge you need about Jesus. Jesus wants you to share what you know about Him with others who are willing to listen. Jesus will show you how to make disciples; He will be with you every step of the way.
1 Corinthians 12:31 (NLT)... “So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.”