What Are Your Objections to Disciple Making?
What keeps you from entering into discipleship relationships?
Are you objecting to His command to “go make disciples” in Matthew 28:18-20?
Let me share a personal story of my greatest objection to something the Lord asked me to do.
When I was a brand new baby believer in Christ, our daughter was barely two years old. My disciple maker talked with me about homeschooling. I listened to her case for homeschooling with outward respect, but internal skepticism.
Firstly – I had never heard of homeschooling. Secondly, I was not a certified teacher. Thirdly, as a baby believer, did not assume I was capable of teaching my child – that is what public schools are for. Therefore, when my daughter came to school age, I sent her off to public school.
However, the appeal to homeschool remained in the back of my mind.
Have you ever noticed when God is calling you to do something for Him, it (or He) never leaves you alone? The thing He is asking of you never leaves your thoughts!
In second grade our daughter wasn’t thriving as a learner so we took her for some testing. The diagnosis was ADHD. She was put on Ritalin to complete her second grade year. My heart was in turmoil over putting this creative, imaginative child on meds.
The battle of the wills was on! I knew in my heart that I was being called by God to homeschool this child, but I had some serious objections!
My first inclination was to go to God’s word with my objections:
Objection #1: Our family and friends are never going to understand this.
Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Objection #2: I cannot teach. I cannot do this!
Exodus 3 – Moses and the Burning Bush
Exodus 3:11-12a But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.”
Basically His response was, “It doesn’t matter who you are, it only matters who I am. I will be with you.”
The following quote is written in the back cover of my bible. It is highly appropriate for anyone who is being called to something they may be resisting. Do you trust Him?
“He isn’t looking for our ability. He is looking for our availability.”
Give the Lord your objections to becoming a disciple maker. He will answer each one when you lay them at His all-sufficient feet.
End Note: I homeschooled our daughter from third through tenth grade. When she was 16 years old we enrolled her in the Equine Science program at the community college where she thrived. She now has three boys of her own and has been teaching people how to ride horses since she was fourteen years old. She recently established a ministry for teen girls using horses to teach biblical truth.
Praying and studying the names of God can offer the most transforming effect imaginable. God reveals Himself to us in His Word, but when you dig into the names He reveals himself more fully. We miss a lot when His names have been categorized and translated into English. His names reveal how He relates to us. For example: In Genesis 16 is the story of poor Hagar, the maid servant of Sarah. Hagar fled into the wilderness to get away from the tensions in the household. It was there that the Lord found Hagar and had a little chat with her. The English translation in the NIV bible says that Hagar gave God the name “El Roi,” which means, “the God who sees.” I believe a more accurate translation might be something like, “God revealed himself to Hagar as The God Who Sees [El Roi].” Regardless, I was never so thankful to learn about my El Roi; the God who sees all my circumstances.
There are a plethora of Bible Studies out there on the names of God. I am partial to Kay Arthur’s study, Lord, I want to Know You.
Here are couple of online resources for praying and studying the Names of God: