I remember years ago this chapter solidifying for me that discipleship was the most essential means for the mission God had given his church that results in our purpose to glorify the Lord.
When I read 19:8-10 I was so upset and so eager that I was just a mess. I was upset as I pondered the lack of discipleship in the church but eager to see this change! I doubt that I could explain the extent of how simple discipleship in my life has resulted in much fruit for many others over the years.
If I could persuade you to be upset and eager to get serious about something it would be discipleship. Will this not convince you?
9 …he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.
10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. – Acts 19:9-10
Teaching/reasoning for two years resulted in all the residents of Asia hearing the word of the Lord. Please see this! Please, Lord, open our eyes that we might get this!
With tears, I write this! People are dying without Christ! How many in the recent days due to this virus have entered eternal death? I am convinced that discipleship is the means by which eternal life will spread through out the globe just like this virus!
They will burn their books and the coppersmiths will be out of business. I recall the day we ditched our music and movies that did not honor the Lord! We were free! We even got rid of weights…those things that weren’t necessarily sinful but hindered us from enduring the race!
Will you please consider getting alone with the Lord and asking him to show you what discipleship should look like in your life? We don’t have time to add disciples; we must multiply disciples. Please respond!