Recently I read that disciple-making is akin to including people in your family because Jesus has included them in His. That’s a good reminder for the university crowd since we tend to think that most knowledge is gained in the classroom, the lab, or from the books.
Genuine discipling though has to break out of those walls. Jesus was including people in his life. There in the course of His life they “heard the word of God” and he showed them how to “do it.” Being a disciple of Jesus is not just an exercise of individuality. Its also an exercise of being connected with others and being willing to learn from them, with them, and for them to do the world of God.
19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” 21But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” Luke 8:19-21