By the time we open the store we meet new friends and one of them is Jay-r. He came every night to eat our barbecue and stayed longer so we can have chat each other. Last night while waiting for Albert to come from working on other stuff. My friend Jay-r came over and started a conversation its about 10:16 pm when he ask this question.
”Hey Jomie, can I ask you something personal?” Jay-r said.
“Yes of course.”
“Do you get paid of working here at the store?”
“What do you mean? Salary?”
“Yes your salary because you work here everyday?”
“Nothing! You dont recieve salary from your family. Right?” I said.
“Yeah right but are they your family?” He’s curious.
“They are not my family in flesh,” I explain to Jay-r, “but they are my family in the faith, anyone who is a disciple is a part of Jesus Family.”
“So what is that a religion?” He ask
“Nope! We are disciples of Jesus.” I said.
“What is a disciple anyway?” Looks like Jay-r is ready to become a disciple.
“A disciple is the one who follows Christ, denied himself and live amongst others, also a disciple is the one who makes disciples.” I said.
“So you mean that what you said is not a religion?”
”Exactly, Jay-r” was my reply.
“Then why is it that there are so many religions going on here, I’m a bit confuse of what is the right of them?”
“I understand you are confuse and have many questions, I tell you that’s pretty normal for an unbeliever because he is lost. I will not answer your questions instead I will make you a disciple of Jesus. Do you want to be a disciple?”
“Yeah, maybe” he replied.
“I tell you the truth, Jesus has already saved you two thousand years ago and paid for your sin on the cross, He sacrifice His life for you, for me, for all of us so that we can have life. He give his life for us to have our salvation, Do you believe in this?” I ask.
“Yes I do believe”
“Then repent of all your sins and be baptize that’s one thing that must be done when we follow Jesus Christ. Repent of your sin meaning leave your sin and sin no more. Then after you repent you will be baptize meaning you must be born again, burying your old self, your dead spirit because the bible says “for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life” meaning you’re dead not physically but spiritually that’s why when we pray to God we cannot hear His voice and our prayers are unanswered because we are dead in His sight and in order to raise you from that deathness you need to be baptize.
“So the question here is. Do you want to get baptize after you repent from your sin?” I ask
“Ahmm. baptize? you mean right now? Jay-r said with a worried feeling.
“Yes right now!” I replied.
“I don’t think so maybe not now, I’m not ready.” He said
“Why are you afraid of? Now that you know that Jesus has already saved you long ago you refuse to be baptize?”
“Yeah I know but i’m not ready yet Jomie” he said.
“Jay-r, the bible says. ‘Anyone who has not been born again cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’ But on the other hand, it tells that ‘If anyone is in Christ He is a new creation! So meaning if you want to follow Jesus you must be baptize.”
”Well if that so maybe next time” he said.
That night he refuse to get baptize so I cut the conversation its about 12:02 o’clock in the evening and just exactly Albert came then Jay-r went home. In the middle of the night I wake up and ask God why this guy didn’t want to go into baptism but God was silent.
The next morning as I did my normal routine at the house making a spider decoration made of coconut parts to be displayed at our store shop, I shared the story of what was happened that night to a disciple named Manman who just transferred next door to us to live kingdom life together with everyone. As we talk, suddenly Molong came in silent and sat beside us while I kept on telling the story.
Then I ask molong, “So, there are really people who are like that. This Jay-r didn’t want to get baptize yet believes anyway.”
“Don’t expect people to always respond to the way you’ve always wanted,” Molong said, “as long as you shared the good news to them clearly your job is done.”
(To continue reading our conversations visit his site at http://www.molongnacua.com. His version about this is entitled: Making Disciples is Not About You.)
To cut it short, here is what I’ve learned.
1. Jesus is part of making disciples, meaning He is present in the conversation. So don’t ignore Him.
2. Pause when making a person into a disciple. This gives him time to think and a time for myself to ask God while in the making. In case of Jay-r, I should have ask God directly and could have convince him to get baptize.
3. If the conversation gets tough let Jesus deal the person, again it’s letting Him speak and be a part of the conversations.
I remember my past experience in making disciples that God is indeed a part of the process. It’s about Him anyway! You can scroll down my site and read stories after stories of making disciples with the Holy Spirit is present.