• Jack Selcher

Three Is a Mysterious Number

Three is a mysterious number. Discipleship originates from the incomprehensible 3-D Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father sent the Son to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). The Son sent His followers (John 20:21). He commissioned them to make disciples world-wide. He promised His presence during the process (Matthew 28:18–20). The Holy Spirit provides the resources to complete the job (Acts 1:8).

The goal is to make people all over the world like Jesus (Romans 8:29). Jesus Himself is like the Father (John 14:9) and the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). The fruit of the Spirit consists of Jesus-like characteristics (Galatians 5:22–23). Discipleship starts with God. It shapes you to be like Jesus while retaining your uniqueness.

All Tiffany jewelry is stamped with the Tiffany and Co. mark. Every disciple is stamped with the 3-D faith, hope and love mark (1 Corinthians 13:13). It identifies authentic followers of Jesus. Disciples trust God. That’s faith. They confidently expect He’ll do everything He promises. That’s hope. They sacrifice their time, talents, money and energy for Him and others. That’s love. Faith and hope are temporary. But love endures forever. These three fuel the discipleship journey like liquid hydrogen powers a rocket.

The goals of discipleship are 3-D—to draw people to Jesus, disciple them and deploy them in ministry. Jesus multiplied workers for the discipleship task. So should you. The best way to draw people to Jesus is to love them sacrificially. Meet their needs. Once they come to faith, tell and show them how to live like Jesus did. Copy Jesus. They copy what’s like Jesus in you. Eventually they become independently dependent on Jesus. Then others can copy what’s like Jesus in them.

Discipleship’s field of operation is 3-D—local, region and world. That’s the pattern in the Great Commission— beginning in Jerusalem (local), on to Judea and Samaria (region) and then to the ends of the world (Matthew 28:18–20). Discipleship starts in your own family and community. Your community needs to hear the good news. It should see you and your church live it. Salespeople who love their products make the most sales. Your product is a life-changing relationship with the Lord of the universe. That’s something to get excited about! Three is a mysterious number! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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