Last week, someone asked me to define “discipleship.” Here it is –
Discipleship is a process of growing toward maturity as a follower of Jesus – and helping others do the same.
Don’t overlook the word “process.” Receiving the gift of salvation is only the beginning of your journey as a disciple of Jesus – it is a journey that will require the rest of your life.
Here’s what Paul (the disciplemaker) said to Timothy (the disciple) – “Timothy, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others” (2 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT).
At the time he wrote this letter, Paul had already invested years into helping Timothy develop as a leader in the church. Now, Paul reminded Timothy of his obligation to train and develop other “faithful” people within the church – to train them in such a way that they would “be able to teach others also.”
Because of our definition of “discipleship” above, we learn to think of discipleship in terms of spiritual generations – taking our growth in maturity toward Christ and passing it on to those coming behind us.
Respond to this question – How would you describe your walk with Christ in terms of spiritual generations?
Love you guys!
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