Key Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
Where do I begin? That is a question many people ask. For starters, before you disciple someone, you must first be a disciple of Jesus. Next, begin to look at your circle of influence. This is a phrase that simply means to consider people who are closest to you (i.e., your children), people with whom you spend the most time, people who even live next door, people in your church. Galatians 6:10 says, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” While you may not be able to disciple everyone, you can start with your circle of influence. By remembering this group of people in your life, you are hopefully starting a cycle of discipling someone who will disciple another, who will disciple another.
There are some matters in discipling someone that you must consider. It is important to disciple someone of the same gender. Also consider someone who has a schedule similar as yours, someone who lives near you or works near you. Of course, there is also Zoom and other such apps that will help you connect with people far away for the same purpose. And, then, think about the possibility that God also has people He places in your path that you might not have considered.
Finally, remember, making disciples is about following Jesus and taking others with you.
Questions to Consider:
Who is in my circle of influence? Am I prepared to disciple others by following closely after Jesus myself?
Lord, make me aware of those who are all around me who are ready to learn more about You.
Lord, make me willing to be bold in beginning a discipling relationship with someone.