A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog about how MC’s Rush process is a great opportunity to make disciples who make disciples. But what is discipleship?
Discipleship doesn’t have to be this super vague, complex concept. Dallas Willard puts it simply:
“To make a mystery of it is to misunderstand it.”
I completely agree.
Disciples are simply committed followers. Disciples make a choice, daily, to follow their leader in order to become who that person is or do what that person does.
But here’s the deal, actively following is much easier said than done. You see, it involves losing your own life.
In Luke, Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” -Luke 9:23-24
Call it what you will–redemption, transformation, or a new creation–the fascinating paradox of being a disciple of Christ means death being brought to life. It is the choice to give up your life and find it again in Christ. It means sacrificing your life, your comfort, and yourself to actively follow Him who sacrificed everything because of His passion for life, justice, and mercy.
One of my favorite examples of discipleship comes from 1 Corinthians 11:1 when Paul tells the church, “Follow me as I follow the example of Christ.”
As long as we are being imitators of Christ and others are looking, we are making disciples. This standard should keep us accountable to actively following Christ because others will see and follow our example. So are you leading those who are watching you to the Lord or to yourself? Because, one day, that will make all the difference.
Now you know what discipleship is. Now here is my challenge for you: examine your life. See if you are living the life of a disciple. See if you are in a position to be discipled, be a discipler, or both! I would definitely challenge you to pursue a relationship with someone wiser to disciple you. And if you already have that, consider intentionally pouring into others the wisdom you’ve gained from your growth in the Lord.
Stay tuned for Making Disciples: Part III, about how to be in a relationship committed to discipling others.
For more resources on Discipleship, check out:
Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden
Gospel Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K. Dodson
“Conditions of Discipleship” from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Thanks for reading 🙂 Until next time,
–Elizabeth. I like reading books and blogs about discipleship.