Sitting at my local - Circus Circus Cafe in Mount Eden, I overheard a girl disciple another girl. One was speaking into the others life - she was asking the hard questions, but also encouraging her disciple.
It was awesome, it was inspiring, it was discipleship.
I was inspired to see what was happening in my local cafe.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ
1. DISCIPLE MAKERS ARE WILLING TO BE AN EXAMPLE
Nobody wants to be an example any more
Everybody wants someone else to do it
1 Timothy 4: 12 says Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity
God is looking for His people to be examples of the Christian life. Don't be intimidated - be an example to the believers in speech, conduct, in love, in faith, in purity
Be an example. As you stand up - you are standing for Christ.
2. DISCIPLE MAKERS ARE SPIRITUAL TRAINERS
One of New Zealand's greatest trainers was Arthur Lydiard – he was a super coach. He has mentored 17 people to gain Olympic medals, including Peter Snell and Murray Halburg. He said this:
"Over the past forty years I have proved champions are everywhere provided they receive the proper training – It’s not the best athlete who wins but the best prepared".
Discipleship is about being prepared for the future. We need help prepare some people for their future in Christ.
3. DISCIPLE MAKERS LEAD THE WAY
Disciple makers are leaders. A leader has to show that it can be done, they help others make it. The kingdom needs leaders
4. DISCIPLE MAKERS ARE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE TO FOLLOW JESUS
There is a fight to follow and Disciple makers pay that price.
To be a disciple, is to make the changes necessary to represent God. It is not for the faint hearted - it is for the faith hearted! Who is willing to follow the example of Christ?
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
Don't just do whatever you want to - just because you can. Some Christians are so selfish - don't be like that. Don't cause people to stumble. Don't lead people astray. Use your gift to lift and encourage people. That is called leadership.
Disciple makers are in it to help others grow and develop.
5. DISCIPLE MAKERS ARE PEOPLE DEVELOPERS
It's the ultimate Christian action - to give of what you have, to help someone else. Jesus invested himself into us and he asks us to do that for others.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
For me - discipling people has been one of the joys and I am here because of some great Disciple makers discipling me. I will never forget that -imagine if they didn't get involved!
My passion is to get involved and help build disciples. So the challenge is this: disciple at least one person this year!