Six Steps To Become A Disciple Who Make Disciples
The scriptures are filled with calls to discipleship. Jesus called the twelve who accompanied Him “disciples.” The word itself is derived from another word—“discipline.”
Jesus’ call to discipleship is an all-or-nothing summons, reaching into every area of our lives. It involves giving him preeminence over the closest of our human relationships and over the desires we have for our lives. In short, it involves becoming his servant in the world and giving your life to that end.
A disciple is one disciplined in the ways and walk of the Master, taught by Him or one who follows Him. We are called to a God-controlled life—but most Christians, sadly, live self-controlled lives. Following are six simple but practical ways to develop a more real and intimate walk with the Lord and become, as Paul was, an example for others to follow, and prepare yourself to be a disciple who makes disciples.
1) A TIME ALONE EACH DAY WITH GOD
We often chuckle when we read a passage about Jesus’ disciples sleeping while He was praying…but what would you be doing?
“Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:40-41)
Push yourself to be like Jesus…
2) MEMORIZE GOD'S WORD
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)
The Word of God is the mind of God. Fill your mind with His mind and see the difference. Memorizing just one verse each means 52 verses in one year – forever a part of you.
3) DETERMINE TO DIE TO SELF SO THAT JESUS CAN BE FORMED IN YOU
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains aling; but if it dies, it produces much grain." (John 12:24)
Each day will offer many opportunities to say "Yes" to Jesus and "No" to self. Determine to pass the test.
4) REALIZE THAT OUR GREATEST PAINS REVEAL HIS CLEAREST FACE
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18, see also John 16:33, 2 Cor. 4:7-12)
Live long enough and your learn the truth that few like to preach that – pain is gain – whether we are repenting from the Lord's rebuke or suffering afflicition with a heart dedicated to loving Him alone.
5) LEARN AND PRACTICE THE HOLY SPIRIT'S PRESENCE HIS – PROMPTINGS, REPROOFS AND LEADINGS
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says..." (Revelation 2:7)
We recognize the important voices of people in our lives by being exposed to them. There is no more important a voice the the Lord's and His voice will always witness to His Word. Ask the Father to fill you with the Holy Spirit each day in a new and fresh way.
6) MODEL JESUS BY SHARING HIS LOVE WITH OTHERS
"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God." (2 COR. 5:20)
Christ's call to be His witness through deed and word is unmistakable. Like any genuine relationship, the more you fall in love with Jesus, the more you will live to introduce Him to others.