Skill is the ability to do something well. It is expertise. Every Christian should be skilled at discipling others. It is our calling. It is God’s will for our lives.
Second Corinthians 5:17-21 describes this calling as a new calling in our lives when we become Christians.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Whereas, prior to being saved, we focused on our personal agenda, now as Christians, we are expected to focus on fulfilling God’s agenda.
God deserves our best, and so it is reasonable to devote effort into developing expertise in being His ambassadors. This means we follow Him and represent Him. Those who follow Christ are called disciples. And disciples make disciples. As the Apostle Paul said in First Corinthians 11:1, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
In addition to God deserving our best, the benefits and consequences of our discipleship demand of us to be expert disciplers. Disciplers are disciples who train others to be disciples. The subsequent results of eternal life or eternal death are unmatched in importance by anything else we do in this life. It follows then that our devotion to developing discipleship skills should be unmatched. In addition, the subsequent fulfillment of living for Christ now and the rewards after this life are worthy of learning the skills necessary to effectively pass on the instructions of Christ. Likewise, the subsequent sorrows and losses due to failing to follow Christ demand our attention to developing skills that will improve our ability to persuade, train, and lead others to follow Christ. Failure to develop skills of discipleship will result in our own personal loss as well.
Consider this interesting contrast. First Timothy 6:1 says that our employers are worthy of honor, which requires that we give them our best effort and develop our skills to do our jobs well. And the verse explains that this is important so “that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.” If God is blasphemed when we do not serve our employers well, how much more then is He blasphemed when we do not serve Him well.
You do not have to be the most skilled disciple, but you should do your best at developing the skills that will help you be the kind of ambassador God deserves.