Jesus had 12 disciples but only 1 completely betrayed him. While the other 11, in spite of their faults, went on to change the world.
Only 1 of the 12 turned his back on Jesus.. and even though Jesus knew that he would be betrayed by that 1… It didn’t stop him from spending time with them, teaching them, imparting into their lives, sharing of himself with them. Loving them and living life with them.
How many of us have passed up on the 11 that we could have imparted into and helped mold into great people who love the Lord all for fear of the 1 who would betray us?
How many times have we heard about the importance of discipling others. We know it’s necessary and we know we wouldn’t be who we are today if it had not been because someone took that risk on us. We could’ve been the 1 that would turn our back… Yet they chose to love us and teach us how to love the Lord.
It’s hard work. Getting your hands dirty in other peoples lives. Letting others into your own personal life, giving them a glimpse of your own weakness. Being transparent before others and asking them to imitate how you live for Christ is intimidating. It makes you vulnerable.
What a great example we have in Jesus that in spite of all that he chose to love and take the risk.
There is someone who needs you to teach them, to walk with them and help them live this new life in Christ. To be the example of how to love God. Who knows how the one you disciple will change the world?
Would you follow Jesus example and take a risk on 1?
Matthew 28:19-20 (The Message)
18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”