Thursday, February 07, 2013
A Simple View of Discipleship
To make disciples means to go out and, to the best of your ability, seek to lead people to Christ and help them to grow up spiritually. Take them under your wing. Help them grow in their faith. They will ask you questions about things you have forgotten. They will get you studying your Bible as never before. That is why older believers need newer believers. And of course, newer believers need older believers to temper them, to keep them strong, and to help them get a good foundation.
I have found that as I give out, God gives back to me. And the more I give out, the more God gives to me. Jesus said in Matthew 13:12, "To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them."I grow increasingly disturbed by such appeals to maturity. Those along the line of, "No really, there is something in this FOR YOU." If you must be enticed to Christian maturity out of self-interest, you will not gain Christian maturity. Christian maturity is the stuff of setting aside self-interest for the sake of God and the other. One matures in the faith out of obedience, or desire to help others.
Maturity out of self-interest is not maturity at all.
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