Have you ever _____________? This is a reasonable question about so many things? To a heart surgeon, have you ever done open heart surgery? To a mechanic, have you ever fixed a car? To a teacher, have you ever taught a class? To a pilot, have you ever flown a plane? To a cook, have you ever cooked a meal? To a skater, have you ever skated? To a football player, have you ever played in a game? To a band member, have you ever played with a band? To a furniture maker, have you ever made any furniture?
All of these questions to those professions are the most elemental questions one might ask. Yet, it would seem preposterous to ask – and even more preposterous if they said, “Well, no!” Then they really would not be the person of the profession you are asking about!
Ask a Christian this question……have you ever made a disciple? After all, it is our Great Commission! “Therefore, go into all the world and make disciples…..” Matthew 28:19a. As completely bewildering as it would be for you, facing knee replacement surgery, to ask your surgeon if he had ever done a knee replacement surgery – to which he said, “NO!” – it is bewildering when Christians claim to follow Christ but not as disciple makers. Our greatest commission is to make disciples of all the nations. It is to bring them into a personal and growing relationship with Christ Jesus. We are to “disciple” them! Pour our lives into them being proper reflections of Christ ourselves.
So, ask yourself this question – “Am I a disciple maker?” If not, why not? We will not go far in God’s blessing while failing to be about His Kingdom business of reconciliation. Perhaps it is time for a change.