Are we making disciples or making Christians? By Lynn Foo

The last command Jesus gave to the disciples before He ascended to heaven was the Great Commission – “making disciples of all nations”. However, many Christians have responded by making Christians, not disciples. Have we lost sight of the Great Commission?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.” Making disciples involves us in becoming disciples first. In John 15:1-17, Jesus emphasizes that we must remain in Him, the true Vine, in order to bear fruits that will last. Therefore, becoming a disciple of Christ requires us to be a disciple and doing the will of God. This is achieved by living a life of obedience and surrender to God. Only then can we “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all of the commands God has given”.