Serving others, loving your community, working on opportunities for others to see, enjoy, and share the Beauty of Jesus Christ… and all this in cultural diversity!
It’s not easy.
But it is easy to forget that you also, even when you are discipling others, need to be cultivated as a humble follower of Jesus Christ; you also need to be discipled.
For the sake of those around you, do not forget your own heart.
For your own sake, don’t forget your own heart.
Everything else flows from your relationship with the Lord. He is the one that is transforming you, making it easier and easier for you to step out of your own human culture, for His glory and the benefit of others. If you try to accomplish that transformation without following the discipleship process you are promoting… it is not going to work.
You must, then, apply to your own Spiritual Transformation the process you are taking others through. Discipleship is also for the disciple-maker.
By following the same principles you are asking others to follow, you are validating the process. You are also showing those you are discipling that you are not that different from them, that even when on the surface you all may look different, at the end the need for the restoring work of God the Holy Spirit is needed by everyone, equally.
To correct the course, be sure you are following the same steps that everyone else in your group, but according to your own needs. Because of where you are in your own transformation, you may or not need someone else to help you. But, do not forget, you are being cultivated as a humble follower of Jesus Christ, not of someone else.
For you to consider.
- How familiar are you with the discipleship process you are using with others?
- For your own discipleship… How much interaction with others do you need?
- Is there anything you would like to do differently, in the way you are being discipled?
Give by grace, create community, proclaim Good News.