Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . . —Jesus
Disciple and discipleship are words Christians use a lot, but what do they actually mean?
When we look at how Jesus modeled discipleship, we see that He didn’t build a school or write a curriculum. He simply gathered people to Himself.
He did life with them.
Ultimately, Jesus took his disciples on a journey, sharing in their disappointments, challenging their perceptions, and awakening their dreams.
Jesus modeled that the bedrock of discipleship is relationship. This journey is, after all, best traveled with people behind, ahead, and beside us. So, let’s demystify discipleship by being intentional with our relationships.
THREE TIPS FOR DISCIPLESHIP:
- It may seem basic, but spend time in the Word. Become intimate with the Jesus of the Gospels. Wrestle with His ways and pray to understand His heart.
- Find people that YOU can pour into. As you give, you’ll create capacity to receive from God and others.
- Show love through patience. Discipleship is impossible without patience. Just look at the way Jesus navigated His disciples. He was firm in the truth, but He made space for their questions and shortcomings.
Start with these three things, and you’ll begin to see how you can both disciple others and position yourself to be discipled.