I’d always wanted to be fruitful in God’s kingdom. I’d longed to make a true difference. But doubt filled my heart. Would God really use me to start Disciple-Making Movements? Was I the right kind of person? Did I have it in me? I was unsure of my disciple-making capacity and identity.
Looking back on my years in missions, and saw lots of evidence pointing toward the possibility that the answer to my question was “no”. False starts. Failed attempts. Unsaved people I’d made friendships with but never managed to share the good news with, or not very effectively anyhow.
Was it unwise to even hope that God would want to start a movement of disciples through me? Maybe I was setting myself up for failure and further disappointment by embracing this goal.
If you can identify with what you just read, you are not alone. Most people who God calls to his Kingdom work of seeing multiplication among the unreached feel that way at one time or another. ( Sometimes fairly regularly. What is our baseline? What do we go back to when deciding whether or not Disciple Making Movements (DMMs) are for us? Note: Sometimes we have to decide and re-decide this fairly often.
My Biblical Baseline
In this post and the next few that follow, I’d like to give you my scriptural baseline. This is where my foundation of faith that God can use me to start DMMs comes from.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.– John 15:16 NIV
That is my bottom line. God chose and ordained me to bear lasting fruit. This is where I derive the core of my disciple-making identity.
Out of all the millions of people on this planet, He looked around, saw me and said, “I want her on my team.” Remember those days back in elementary school, when they picked teams for kickball? It felt so good to be chosen by the captain to play for their team!
God chose you!
That is exactly what God has done for you. He chose you to play on His team. God chose you to bear fruit that would last. That is what this verse proclaims!
It takes away the ifs and buts of DMMs. Its not about if I am smart enough, capable enough, outgoing enough, persevering enough, or anything else (fill in the blank) enough! All we need to know is that we are His chosen ones. Since He chose us; He will coach us, train us, guide us, empower us, anoint us, and use us to bear much fruit in His Kingdom.
Stop doubting and dive in. Declare it in faith. Speak to your soul and tell yourself, “God chose me, yes me! He chose me to be fruitful. That is what His Word says and I believe it. I declare it today. By His power and according to His truth, I can and will be a fruitful disciple-maker.” Amen?