The best disciple makers are disciples themselves. (Dictionary.comdefines a disciple as “a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; a follower.”) There is an internal fear and insecurity when it comes to someone “following” us…as we follow Christ. Therefore somewhere in this process people generally ask these questions:
Look for FAT people!
I don’t recall where this idea came from..but in a recent discussion about disciple making someone told me to look for FAT people. That sounded kinda weird..then they explained:
F – faithful (Look for people who are believers and are hungry to know God’s will. Since they are looking for God’s will, they will not assume you have it all figured out. Your transparency will be key in keeping them focused on what God wants to do in their life, not you. And look for people you believe will be faithful to you and to the process.)
A – available (Some people don’t have the time, rather won’t make the time to be discipled. Many folks won’t invest in a relationship outside of family or work. They “don’t have time”..but we make time for things that are important to us. Look for people who are available because they desperately want more of the Lord in their life.)
T – teachable (We need to look for people who are not too proud or who think they already know it all. We all have something to learn. And we can all learn something from anyone. This will discount many of the self-righteous, so-called believers you may know. Look for those that are humble and want to grow. They will be teachable.)
So in your pursuit of making disciples..look for FAT people. And you’ll be well on your way to fulfilling the Great Commission.