April 24: “The Importance of Discipling Others”

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Today’s Bible Reading:

Judges 2:10–3:31
Luke 22:14-34
Psalms 92:1–93:5
Proverbs 14:1-2

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Judges 2:10 (NLT): “After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus has clearly told us to “go and make disciples.” That simply means that since we have a relationship with the Lord and are continuing to grow in our understanding of how that plays out in our lives, we are to take what we have learned and teach it to others so that they can teach it to others.

After all, it only takes one generation that doesn’t disciple the next generation to create a culture that doesn’t know the Lord.

And this is exactly what we see in our verse for today. 

Judges 2:10 (NLT): “After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.”

Parents didn’t teach their children. Leaders didn’t teach their followers. And Joshua apparently didn’t disciple the next leader of Israel as Moses had taught and trained him.

So, that begs the question: Who are you discipling? Who are you meeting with to help them grow in their understanding of the Christian life and the blessings of following and obeying Jesus?

As biblical Christianity continues to decline in America, we should not wring our hands in despair. We should simply become more intentional about doing the very thing that Jesus commanded us to do – make disciples.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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