According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a “PRIORITY” is something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first. Everyone has certain priorities. For people of faith, our priorities should line up with the will of God for our lives.
No matter your age, it is God’s will for you to live a lifestyle of discipleship. If you believe the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), making and multiplying disciples is not an option. The Great Commission is Jesus’ final command to His followers. In this command, Jesus makes it unmistakably clear that living a lifestyle of discipleship must be a PRIORITY commitment for every believer.
A tragic reality for the church is that precious few are committed to the Great Commission. An overwhelming majority of professing believers have never made even one disciple much less are they multiplying disciples. How can this be? How can we ignore what should be our greatest priority?
There is some good news. Through D-Life, churches and ministries are finding a simple and effective plan for training all believers to make and multiply disciples. And it’s working! Ministries that are equipping people in D-Life, are witnessing the multiplication of D-Groups and seeing people who have never made disciples begin to live a lifestyle of discipleship.
Are you living the D-Life? What possible excuse could you give for ignoring the Great Commission?
While He was by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers named Peter and Andrew. They were fishermen and they were casting a net into the sea. Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The Bible says, “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him” (Matthew 4:18-20).
Peter and Andrew were simple, common people just like us. Fishing was a priority in their lives. It was the way they made a living. It was how they provided for their families. However, when Jesus called them to be His disciples and to live a life of discipleship, “they left their nets” and followed Him. They traded their priorities for His priority. To lay down their nets to follow Jesus was a major commitment in their lives.
Are you willing to do the same? What is your net? What are you doing that is keeping you from living a lifestyle of discipleship? What is your excuse for not doing the one main thing your Lord has called you to do? Will you lay it down and leave it behind to live the D-Life?
Through D-Life you can be equipped to make and multiply disciples as a way of life. You can intentionally live out Jesus’ Great Commission. Don’t make excuses, make changes! Leave your net and make living the D-Life the priority commitment of your life. Your life and the difference you can make for God’s kingdom will never be the same.