Calling the Disciples

 No one does it as well as the Master. Not even close. But we can learn from Jesus as we seek to become effective disciple makers. And if we model His approach and His life, others will be brought into God's kingdom through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Isn't it fascinating in the New Testament how our Lord reached out to individuals and invited them to take "the next step" on their spiritual journey? Everyone is at a different point, but everyone can take "the next step" by God's grace. For unbelievers, it will be the initial step of trusting Christ for salvation. And for believers, there are many steps along the path of discipleship. In fact, a person cannot follow Christ without taking frequent "steps" to keep up with Him. Jesus is on the move, and you are either following Him, or remaining behind.

When Jesus preached to the crowds, He said things like, "Repent and believe the good news." (Mark 1:15) And Christ's message concerning His kingdom was often conveyed through parables. But when He was calling individuals to become disciples, the Lord tended to simply say, "Follow me." (Mark 1:17)