We are to make other disciples, yes. We are to win the world to Christ one person at a time, yes.
But beyond that is the ultimate goal of becoming as much like our Rabbi as possible. We are to become Christ-like.
I am often asked why as I near age 60 I am trying to complete a doctoral degree. What do I want to do with it? To be honest, I am not sure. But I also know that I like what the process has helped me do.
I have kept my mind active. I have explored possible career choices I would never have considered before. I am learning a lot about something (discipleship and learning) I am passionate about.
I am becoming a better disciple and pastor. I am becoming a better leader.
There is a danger with spiritual goals. When we reach them they can become trophies and bragging points. “I read the entire Bible this year” — now give me credit for being spiritual.
We should set goals. Reading the Bible in a year. Praying for 20 minutes every morning. Taking a short term mission trip. All are worthy goals, but not the final end. These goals are simply a means by which we become—–a disciple.
A better disciple. A more Christ-like disciple.