What is discipling? Discipling is the act of teaching a disciple. What is a disciple? Dictionary.com defines disciple as “a person who is a pupil or adherent of the doctrines of another”.
So it follows that Christian discipling is the act of teaching a person to adhere to the doctrines (or teachings) of Christ (and God). This is something Jesus explicitly told His disciples to do.
Jesus spoke to them, saying, “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 all things I have commanded you… “(Matthew 28:19-20a).
So it stands to reason that if you claim to be a Christian (disciple of Christ) you should be discipling others also. So, are you?
You may be thinking, ‘teaching is not my gift’. But I’m going to argue that point with you. Jesus didn’t tell his teachers ‘to go and make disciples’, He told His disciples ‘to go and make disciples’. As a believer (and disciple) that includes you and me.
We as disciples ourselves are to be learning more and more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Matt. 6:33 says, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” We seek His kingdom by studying the Bible and interacting with other believers. Seeking His kingdom is something we keep doing until we actually get to His kingdom.
But as disciples we should also be passing on that learning to the people around us. Helping them to learn to be more rooted in Jesus and the word of God. Because Jesus said to do that!
You may be thinking ‘I don’t know enough to teach someone else’. That’s not true. If you have accepted Jesus as you Savior, you know how to lead someone else to do that. You know how to tell someone what He did in your life after you allowed Him to enter your heart.
Discipling someone doesn’t mean you have to have all the answers. It is just sharing what you do know about living life with Jesus.
Discipling someone does not mean we have to be in a classroom at our church teaching. There are people gifted with that talent. But, that’s not how Jesus usually did it.
Yes, there were times when Jesus went to the temple and taught formally, but most of His teaching happened in real life, walking along the way, day by day, growing relationships with His disciples and teaching them as He went.
Discipling is a verb, an action word, and we should be doing it, just like Jesus did. We should be growing relationships with people. As we get to know someone and they get to know us, we can encourage each other and share our experiences – those things we’ve each learned along our journeys – with each other.
Discipling is a day to day thing. It’s not just for Sunday. Discipling should be occurring in our homes, our work-places, the grocery store, the gym, the playground, and everywhere else we spend time with other people. It should be people loving people because God loves us. (Love -there’s another action word.)
We as disciples of Christ are all called to be discipling someone. I want to encourage you to pray about who you should be discipling.
Then get started and begin to live out the Great Commission as Jesus showed us how.
March forth today….
And be a blessing,