The topic centers around converts or conversion growth vs or over against the making of disciples. Clearly, Jesus left his disciples with the command to make disciples. I think we all understand that prior to becoming a disciple, one must convert or to put it another way, repent from their sins and decide in their mind and heart to follow Christ.
In fact, Jesus told his first disciples that they should follow him but that he would make them "fishers of men." A different way to say this is that Jesus would first make them disciples and then make them in disciple makers.
There is a real question that faces all of us as we seek to fulfill the command of Christ in this modern age. I suppose it's been true in every age but it seems very appropriate for us today. Alan Hirsch put it this way, "If we don't disciple, then the culture around us certainly will."
In today's world, we are often defined by what we consume. It is the secularism of our day. We are something because of what we have or can buy, so we think. Today there exist, even in the church, a mindset that says, "I have not commitment beyond the meeting of my own needs." It is impossible to fulfill Christ' command to make disciples if this is our attitude.
The Bible makes it very clear that we are to become like Jesus. The simple truth is that if Jesus is the Lord of your life and mine, he will be the priority and we will gladly obey his commands. There is not bigger nor more important command than to do all that we can to allow him to turn us into disciple makers.
David Platt stated recently, "Shouldn't it concern us that the Bible never says, "accept Jesus into your heart by praying a prayer?" And yet, that is often our shortsighted goal. We are rather, to follow Jesus in every aspect of our lives so that we might make disciples.
I hope you are clear on the priority of this command in your life. I hope that I am too!