Monday, April 23, 2012

He Must Increase - Day 113

Had a great discussion today with my staff regarding the issue of discipleship. There are times when people are being instructed, challenged and taught in large groups. Sometimes this sparks people to action, or they have a break through, or even a significant change. But here's the reality: many people have sat in large group settings (like Sunday worship)for a lifetime and shown very little progress in their faith. They've been discipled but it's more incidental than intentional. I wonder how many people go through the Christian life that way? Knowing, feeling, believing that they should grow to maturity...but not know how to do it, where to start, or who to ask for help. That alone is enough to dissuade many people from trying to disciple someone. I didn't have someone to disciple me so I don't know how. But if you've grown, and learned, you have things to share with others behind you. Think about how you've grown. Who were the influencers? What resources were helpful? What lessons have you learned. Could you share those with another person? More specifically, could you adopt someone that you will regularly meet with to share those things. In a very simple sense, that is discipleship. It may not sound like much, but it is much more than many have tried or received. Read the Bible in One Year Plan: 2 Kings 6-8 .

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