To pour into or invest spiritually in another’s life in order that they may become a disciple maker too.
Am I being discipled?
The great commission couldn’t be clearer about the specific task that is the mission of our lives.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The mission of every Christ follower is to become a disciple maker. This requires a season of discipleship, under the mentoring of another mature follower. The modern Church has nearly lost sight of this essential practice. In an era of mega-churches and entertainment style worship services, many millions of believers merely attend on weekends. The extent of many people’s discipleship is a 30-minute sermon. This is a massive mistake. Discipleship requires a relationship. A Church cannot disciple a person. A person must disciple a person. It’s really the only way that it works to produce disciple makers. Why can’t so many Christians see themselves discipling another? Because they have never seen it done. I cannot give that which I don’t possess. We all need to be discipled. This is probably the most difficult thing for the Church to facilitate. It cannot be done as a program. It must be a part of the culture. At Eastridge we are desperately trying to cause this cultural shift. We have raised and will continue to raise this value. The truth is, this kind of relational discipleship will only occur as each person faithfully connects to the body. Each key that we’ve discussed is part of an equation that creates connectedness. This connectedness opens many opportunities for God to orchestrate the kinds of meetings and relationships that produce discipleship connections. You will have to be as interested in finding a mentor, as they are interested in finding you. Please don’t plan to sit back and wait for a golden invitation. Look for someone who is a lot like Jesus and ask them to disciple you. If they are like Jesus, then you will have found a mentor.
Am I making disciples?
Jesus provided a great growth model for us. There is no question that God wants the Church to grow. He wants the number of people saved to increase!
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
Jesus made it His business to walk in complete obedience and fellowship with the Father. Then He simply invited others to join him. The order of priority here is critical. First, we must be following Jesus. Second, we invite others to join us on the path. In days of Jesus the concept of rabbi and disciple was common and clearly defined. For us it is a foreign idea. The closest thing for us would be something like mentorship. The idea, however, is to sit under and learn from someone who is farther along than you. Jesus discipled the ones He had chosen. Paul mentions several young men that he is training. This is the way the Church is supposed to grow or multiply. On a practical level, it could mean that there are two or three people in your life that you are actively teaching or leading spiritually. The point is that God expects us to replicate ourselves. That’s God’s grand strategy. It means that every recipient of God’s grace and transformation becomes not just a disciple, but also a discipler. It also means that when I mentor someone I am teaching him to mentor someone. This is how the Church of Jesus Christ can grow exponentially. At Eastridge we are far more interested in multiplication* than addition. Please choose to be a multiplier. The first time you see life-change in another person because of your investment, you will understand the mission of Christ on a new and exciting level.
(ECC encourages the “Multiply” material for beginning Discipleship Relationships found HERE)
Will you embrace the purposes and plans of God?
Is God big enough to be the God of your every moment and decision?
Do you really trust that His way is best?
Resist the temptation to follow your own desires. Instead, make it your goal to seek His will every moment of every day. What does life look like when your attitude is…Ok, God! What’s on the agenda for today? It’s a lifelong pursuit of surrender that yields tremendous satisfaction and eternal reward. You will never regret doing things God’s way. So, our challenge is to live for God and to fulfill His purposes.