For What It’s Worth… Discipleship
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus’ words as communicated in Matthew 28:19 are as clear as day. Yet our understanding of how to live out the command is often vague and unclear.
I have learned that there is not a cookie-cutter approach to discipleship laid out for us in Scripture. The process should look unique to each of us, depending on our strengths, our context, and our training. However, as we determine how to be disciples as well as make disciples in our unique situations, there are principles and examples throughout Scripture that are helpful.
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul writes two brief sentences from which we can draw five fundamental principles of discipleship. I invite you to open your Bible to Colossians 1:28-29 as I enumerate for you those five principles now. (Yes, this is a less than veiled strategy to get you to reach for your Bible). After reading these two verses…please proceed with the following 5 principles:
1. The Heart of Discipleship: Proclaiming Jesus.
(Not proclaiming ourselves)
2. The Means of Discipleship: Teaching and Warning with Wisdom (and Truth).
(It is not born of people-pleasing or harshness)
3. The Goal of Discipleship: To Present Everyone Mature in Christ.
(Not seeking our own fulfilment in being needed)
4. The Cost of Discipleship: Toil and Struggle.
(Not seeking the path of least resistance and calling it God’s Will)
5. The Power of Discipleship: His Energy.
(Not our own strength and ability)
May these five principles help shape each of us as we consider our own journeys of discipleship as we serve God together as God’s Church.
Your Pastor, Scott <><