“I am not an expert in the Bible so I cannot make disciples.” Well….. THAT’S A LOAD OF GARBAGE. Perhaps these points are controversial, but here we go:
- You don’t need to be a Biblical expert to make disciples.
- You don’t need to win debates in Facebook about the Bible to make disciples.
- You don’t need to memorize Bible passages to make disciples.
- You don’t need to go to seminary to make disciples.
With the possible exception of Facebook debates, these are all things that may be good to do at some point in your life. There is certainly nothing wrong with being a Biblical expert. There is nothing wrong with going to seminary. There is nothing wrong with memorizing Bible passages. These are good things.
But here’s the deal: There is EVERYTHING WRONG with waiting until you’ve done all or any of these things before you start making disciples. You can, and should, starting making disciples TODAY. Even if you’re not yet a Biblical expert. Even if you’ve never memorized a Bible verse. Even if you haven’t gone to seminary. You see, the ones who DID go to seminary aren’t necessarily supposed to be making disciples of everyone. They are supposed to be teaching US to do that. There are simply not enough pastors, priests, preachers and ministers to get this job done. God needs us. God needs you.
Your number one tool in making disciples is your story.
Your story. Read that again if you need to. Your number one tool in making disciples is your story. You are already an expert at your own story. You are already an expert at how God worked his way into your life. You will never lose a debate on Facebook about your story. Your story is absolutely the perfect device for making disciples and it was crafted with care and handed to you by God.
So go use it.
The Bible is a powerful tool for making disciples. The Bible PLUS your story is an unstoppable tool. Most people operate under the assumption that their story is boring, or too tragic, or too complicated. Who the heck would want or need to hear your story anyway? I’ll tell you who: The people who God has placed into your lives that you might just be ignoring right now. I propose that there are people in your life who desperately need to hear your story and that God is saddened by your refusal to tell it. Think that over.
I know something, because I know a little bit about how God creates things. He makes amazing things. He made you. He made your story. And I believe he wants you to tell it.
So read your Bible. Memorize your Bible verses. Even go to seminary. But don’t wait to start telling your story until you’ve done all those things. Please.
We were built to be heroes. It’s about time we started acting like heroes.