Discipleship has become extremely confusing.
Where do we start? Who do we disciple? How do we disciple? Is there a formula? Do we really even need discipleship?
Discipleship has become an intimidating word in Christian circles. I believe discipleship has become far too confusing and intimidating.
Discipleship – START
Discipleship starts in our hearts. As long as we have lofty ideas of ourselves we will never be able to disciple. Discipleship starts with a selfless heart. You cannot live only for yourself and disciple someone.
Once we have a heart transformation we have to become available. If we become available God will use us. We must open up our hearts to be used by God. Try this practically: as you are living your normal, mundane life, live with an open heart. Be available for people to contact you. If satan can get us to fill our agendas and have no time for people, he can keep us in a state of paralysis. Satan doesn’t care if we are doing spiritual things, as long as we aren’t influencing people.
Christians should be the most friendly people on this earth. We live with the hope of the gospel in our hearts. The gospel should push us to be friendly to all. I believe that discipleship and friendship are almost synonymous. God has strategically places everyone in a position to influence someone. Whether it is at work, at school, or at a coffee shop, there are people in your life who you can influence.
Maybe the most simple way to explain discipleship is these two words: be intentional. We must live lives that are intentional. Intentionally hanging out with people that need the gospel. Intentionally inviting people into our homes and having dinner with them. Intentionally praying for and with people.
Don’t miss out on what God wants to do through you. Be humble, be available, be friendly, and be intentional.