by dan grider
Are You Hanging Out With The Kind Of People Jesus Hung Out With?
“Bad people make good soil, there is plenty of fertilizer”
Chances are you your friends are pretty together people about your age. The only problem with your friends are, they aren’t the kind of people that Jesus would have hung out with. I hear most pastors complain that they just don’t know many who are sold out to follow Jesus. The problem is most pastors don’t know how to identify highly discipleable people. Jesus hung out with highly discipleable people, they also gave him a bad reputation among the church folks.
Three kinds of people are naturally discipleable.
Can you name the three types?
1. People who have messed up their lives
Matt 9:11 When the Pharisees saw the crowd around Jesus, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher associate with tax collectors and sinners?”
This group brings rich soil for disciple making. A life that has dealt with a load of crap will always be futile. Often they see their need, and are ready to respond
2. Young people
Mark 10:14 “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
3. Broken people
Matt 9:12 “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are (broken&) sick.
To take the next step in your disciple making you must position yourself around those who are discipleable. Too many times we surround our selves with church people. Often that is who pays our salaries, and who demand our time.
Jesus found a way to have conversations that cultivate a group of people who had been ignored by every other group to that point.
We must rethink our busy, fast-paced lives. If there is a stirring in your soul for “something more” in your spiritual journey, take a risk on what God might do in and through your life. Discover the rich soil that you have ignore to this point.
compassion that comes from heaven and can be experienced in a Life Transformation Group (LTG). You may never be the same again!
I personally plan on cultivating these three groups for the rest of my life to make as many disciples of the kingdom as I can before Christ calls me home!”