WALK WITH JESUS. If you look at your life, I mean really look at it, how much time do you spend walking with God? So often we disciples get up, jump into our day, look at our to do list, have our meetings, make our phone calls, and when we are well into our day we remember that we have not spent any time with Jesus. Think about it, a disciple that spends no time or very little time with Jesus.
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Yes, we can’t do anything apart from Christ. How could we ever think we could grow as a disciple, or ever help another be a disciple, if we don’t spend more time walking with Jesus? Each disciple has to have this as a number one goal, a top priority, the single most important thing. It can’t be replaced by any other call. Spend time with Jesus; talk with him, be still and let him speak to you. Read about him. Get some friends together and focus on him. Sing songs that focus your mind to him. There is not just one way to do it, rather find many ways to spend time with Jesus. You will find that you are better for it, and those you disciple with be more impacted because of your time with Jesus.
FIGHT SIN AND ASK FORGIVENESS, ALWAYS AND QUICKLY. We are all human, and no matter how hard we try, we sin. But we don’t have to live there. As a disciple we have to try to put sin to death as Paul states:
Colossians 3:5 “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Yes, we are called to put to death the sin that is in us. To fight this sin with all our might, but when we lose the fight and sometimes we will, we are called to turn from our sin back to God. We must do this quickly and always. Sin has a way of making us run from God; we can’t allow that to happen. We have to understand that the Blood of Jesus is more than enough to cleanse us from our sin: past, present, and future. So don’t stay in the defeat of sin; live in the victory of Jesus.
DON’T GIVE UP. As a disciple, one thing we must remember is not to give up. We are called to follow Jesus and to teach others to do the same. The command to go and make disciples will never change until Christ returns. It won’t be easy; it is a hard calling, with many difficult challenges. However, we must not give up, because it works. Discipleship transforms people. So don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Most people don’t think of this as a discipleship verse but I do. What better for a disciple to be encouraged not to give up? Not only are we encouraged not to give up, but we are told that we will reap a harvest. A harvest means something will grow from our efforts; God will use us and we will reap a harvest.
These are three areas where if I’m living in them, those I disciple will learn from them and start to live them also.