15 minute Devotion – Making Disciples

Jesus always lived with a view to the end of His earthly ministry. The preparation of a few who would carry on his ministry after he ascended to the Father was ever before Him.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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)?

Other thoughts…

  • What questions do these passages raise for you?
  • What verse or verses have particularly impacted you?
Source: Ogden, Greg (2007). Discipleship Essentials:a guide to building your life in Christ!. Downers Grove, IL:InterVarsity Press.

Comments

  • Marissa Davis

    In Luke 9:1-6 , Jesus gave his disciples the power over all the demons and to cure diseases and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. I can accept the power and authority to overcome my low self-confidence, because for awhile I believed that no one will ever listen to me and that no one likes me for who I am. I realized that God will always love me for me and that He will always be on my side.

    .!*Rissa*!.
    9th Grade

  • Marissa Davis

    In Luke 9:1-6 , Jesus gave his disciples the power over all the demons and to cure diseases and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. I can accept the power and authority to overcome my low self-confidence, because for awhile I believed that no one will ever listen to me and that no one likes me for who I am. I realized that God will always love me for me and that He will always be on my side.

    .!*Rissa*!.
    9th Grade

  • CBT

    In Luke 9:1-6 Jesus gave his disciples the power and authority over all the demons and to cure diseases. I can expect to recieve the power and authority to overcome my low self-esteem because i am tired of not loving myself all the time. I find myself thinking that no one likes me, but I now realize that God is always on my side and he loves me.
    CBT
    Grade 10

  • CBT

    In Luke 9:1-6 Jesus gave his disciples the power and authority over all the demons and to cure diseases. I can expect to recieve the power and authority to overcome my low self-esteem because i am tired of not loving myself all the time. I find myself thinking that no one likes me, but I now realize that God is always on my side and he loves me.
    CBT
    Grade 10