15 minute Devotion – Making Disciples
Take 5 minutes to read over the foundation of this devotion…use a portion of the time in prayer for understanding the topic and passage.
Jesus’ Method of Disciplemaking
There may be many reasons that Jesus decided to have 12 men that would be with him as he went about His earthly ministry, but two seem most relevant.
- Internalization - By focusing on a few, Jesus was able to ensure the lasting nature of His mission. We might wonder why Jesus would risk others’ jealousy by publicly selecting twelve from a larger group of disciples. Why didn’t Jesus simply continue to expand his growing entourage and create a mass movement? Though Jesus ministered to the needs of the crowds, He knew they were fickle. The same ones who shouted “Hosanna” on Palm Sunday were shouting “Crucify him” five days later on Good Friday. Disciples cannot be mass produced but are the product of intimate and personal investment.
- Multiplication - Just because Jesus focused much of His attention on a few does not mean that he did not want to reach the multitudes. Jesus had enough vision to think small. Focusing did not limit His influence – it expanded it. When Jesus ascended to the Father, He knew that there were at least eleven who could minister under the authority of His name. Robert Coleman captures the heart of Jesus’ methodology when he writes, “[Jesus'] concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes but with men the multitudes would follow.”
Lets take a few minutes to focus on the selection of His disciples. Participate in the discussion by commenting below:
Take 3 minutes to read over the following passages of thought: Luke 6:12-16 & Luke 9:1-6, 10
Use the remainder 7 minutes to comment on any of the following questions:
- What do you suppose Jesus included in his all-night prayer?
- What power and authority was given to the disciples? What power and authority can we expect to receive from Jesus today?
- What was Jesus’ role with the disciples after their return (9:10)?
- What questions do these passages raise for you?
- What verse or verses have particularly impacted you?