Jesus gave his followers a homework assignment. Then he became invisible. (Disappearing and being invisible are different).
Make disciples, he said. What I’ve done with you, do with others.
So what did he do to make disciples?
Go, baptize, teach.
He went. He wandered. He moved from place to place. As he went, he took three and twelve and many with him. We go by walking away from the mountain where Jesus and the disciples were standing at that moment. Right now, at this moment, we are going. Which means that right now, whatever we are doing, we are making disciples.
Disciples of something, anyway.
To help people be disciples of Jesus, in addition to merely living, we are to baptize and teach.
Baptizing sounds scary. It sounds churchy. It’s not. It’s no more peculiar than putting on an over-sized coat and big foam finger to identify yourself as a fan. It’s no more peculiar than a tattoo or a matching haircut or sitting in line overnight to get tickets.
Jesus says, “help people identify with me by doing what I did, getting all wet.”
And then he says, “teach them to obey my commands.”
That is the challenge. Teach commands to people is easy. (Or at least telling people commands is easy). Teaching people to obey commands is hard. When those commands involve our whole lives, we are called to live our whole lives as a way of teaching.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have to be perfect before we can teach. It is much more a sense of, “here’s what I’ve learned. Here’s how it looks in my life. Here are the hard parts. Here’s how God has helped me in the hard parts.”
We make disciples by being disciples, by talking and walking with Jesus.