The four gospels refer to Jesus teaching 43 times, preaching 19 times, and preaching and teaching in the same verse, six times. This indicates that Jesus spent twice as much time teaching as He did preaching. Teaching is the basic building block for making disciples. Jesus was making disciples, not just converts.
The Greek word for ‘disciple’ literally means ‘a learner,’ and indicates ‘learning by endeavor’ or what we would call ‘on-the-job training.’ Jesus said in John 8:31, ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.’ Anyone who meets this criterion is Jesus’ disciple.
‘Jailhouse religion,’ where a person is only sorry he got caught and is trying to get out of a bad situation, will not produce true discipleship. It takes a forsaking of all to be Jesus’ disciple. Jesus wants us to ‘count the cost.’ It is definitely a commitment.
What the Lord has started in you, He will also continue and complete. That is not to say that your success will be automatic; we have to cooperate with what God is wanting to do in our lives. Our faithfulness may always be suspect, but God’s faithfulness is never in question. It is always God’s will to continue and complete the good work He began in us.