Webster defines a disciple as one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrine of another. We, therefore, as Christians are followers of Christ and are charged with helping spread the Gospel to other.
When Jesus was asked which commandment is the greatest in the Law, He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 37-39.
Ellen G. White in Counsels on Stewardship page 52 says, “If you love God supremely, and your neighbor as yourself, we believe you will give tangible proofs of the same in freewill offerings for our mission work. There are souls to be saved, and may you be coworkers with Jesus Christ in saving these souls for whom Christ has given His life. The Lord will bless you in the good fruit you may bear to His glory. .
Mrs. White further states (page 216), “To Matthew in his wealth, and to Andrew and Peter in their poverty, the same test was brought; the same consecration was made by each. At the moment of success, when the nets were filled with fish, and the impulses of the old life were the strongest, Jesus asked the disciples at the sea to leave all for the work of the gospel. So every soul is tested as to whether the desire for temporal good or for fellowship with Christ is strongest.”
Stewardship Ministry – Sue Ramsey