Hey guys! This is a guest post written by a good friend of mine, Ashley. I asked her to write a post for our blog & she agreed. She did a phenomenal job & I hope this speaks to you as much as it spoke to me.
Discipleship is the intentional, personal process of becoming more like Christ. There is a personal calling, by God, of every believer: To make disciples of all nations. In order to make disciples, one must be a disciple. Discipleship is the process that one must go through to become a fruitful follower of Christ. What does this process look like? It means intentionally, faithfully spending time in the Word of God and in prayer daily. Those two steps are the key to becoming a mature, focused disciple.
While discipleship is personal, you need to be surrounded by other believers to help you grow in your faith. Finding a mentor, a spiritually mature Christian, to help guide you will help you tremendously to eventually lead others. You may choose to have weekly discipleship sessions with your mentor, which involves Bible study and prayer. As you mature in the faith of Jesus Christ, you need to start discipling other new believers as they begin their own walk of discipleship.
In Matthew 28:20, Jesus says, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Jesus clearly states that making disciples of all nations is a command, not a choice. As He commands this, Jesus reminds us that He is always with us. Why does He remind us of this after commanding us to disciple others? The answer– discipleship is not easy. It is a process that demands us to die to ourselves.
Luke 9:23 says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” By picking up our crosses, an instrument used to crucify, we are dying to ourselves, saying “no” to our selfish and human desires, and saying ”yes” to Jesus. It is surrendering your life to the One who died to save yours. Our life is no longer ours, but it is handed over to the hands of Jesus. Pick up your cross on a daily basis.
While discipleship is not easy, it is the most rewarding and joy-filled command. It is our purpose given to us by the Father. You will have an unspeakable joy as you grow closer to the Lord daily, through reading the Word, praying, discipling and being discipled, as you feel the tune of His heartbeat. Knowing that you are saying “no” to you, and “yes” to Jesus, and truly following Him, you will be filled with the joy of the Lord, which is your strength. As you walk with and lead others, and the cycle continues, and as you visibly see the power of the Word, you will be overwhelmed and overjoyed. It is an honor that the King of Kings, the God of the Universe, your Father, chose you to be His disciple, His ambassador, His child.