For years I watched it happen in the back yard of our next door neighbor.
There was Dad patiently, sometimes frustratingly, teach his son and daughter the mechanics of pitching a ball, swinging a bat or fielding a grounder.
There it was . . . discipleship . . . mentorship . . . training in action!
Discipleship is not the latest “buzzword” in Christian circles.
Discipleship describes the Christ-life, who we are as believers in Christ.
Discipleship is a growing, intimate follower of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9; Philippians 3:10; 2 Peter 3:18) whose passion in life is to help others come to know and follow Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
But it does not end there. The goal for God’s glory is to see a disciple disciple others; it’s reproduction (1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 2:1-10; Heb. 3:12-13; 10:24-25).
As I would watch my neighbor teach his kids how to play ball, he was sharing what he had learned from someone else. One day, perhaps, his children will teach others as well.
Today, the local church needs:
- Believers living out the Christ-life of discipleship.
- Believers who are hungry to grow and change in Christlikeness, willing to meet with others for the purpose of searching the Scriptures and learning to appropriate who we are in Christ in practical ways.
Are you a genuine, passionate follower of Christ?
- Would you be willing to mentor that young lady who is longing for help in her marriage and blended family situation?
- Would you be willing to meet with that man who is struggling with a divided heart, wanting to live for Christ but experiencing a strong pull from the world’s allurements?
- Would you be willing to meet every other week with a man at a restaurant and read through Scripture and/or a book like Disciplines of a Godly Man?
- Would you be willing to invite a lady into your home to study the Word and then train her how to plan and cook a week of meals for her family?
- Would you be willing to sit down at a coffee shop with a young man who just graduated from high school who needs encouragement to continue to follow Christ?
Discipleship is hard, supernatural, rewarding work. The needs are great! Every believer should be involved in the lives of others helping them take the next step toward Christ.
Will you pick up the spiritual bat, ball and glove and show someone how to follow Christ? The rewards are eternal!