“Discipleship”…it sounds so formal and intentional and structured. There are times and seasons when “formal, intentional and structured” are useful and necessary.
I see so much more than that in the discipling I have received though.When I think of making disciples these are some of the snapshots that come into my mind…
- Parents who modeled a commitment to Christ and His Kingdom my whole life.
- An elderly friend who took an interest in me and my siblings. She wrote to me and prayed for me during a year I was overseas and prayed for me every day when I was in a University Christian Group leadership team.
- A couple at church who welcomed me and all the students at our church into their home week after week. They fed us and helped in many practical ways. They also challenged us in our faith and counselled us, They modeled to us how a messy, real family lives life, loving God and the people around them.
- A friend at church who committed to praying with me once a week and loved to wrestle with the tough issues of our faith and stages in life.
- A woman at church who welcomed me to spend a morning a week chatting with her, praying with her, and keeping each other accountable for Scripture Memory. We did this as we walked the kids to school, folded the laundry, and did other housework while we chatted.
- Friends, so many friends, who have walked with me through life. They sat with me while we watched children play. They chatted with me until way too late at night. They mourned with me in my losses, shared real life struggles and doubts and supported me in practical ways. They allowed me to support them in their times of need. All this, while we encouraged each other to apply our faith to the daily decisions and actions of life.
I look to Scripture and those God has set apart within the church for authoritative teaching. At the same time, these people and many others have all been instruments God has used to spur me on. They have taken those teachings and supported, equipped and challenged me to put it all into practice. To live it all out in my life.
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..” Hebrews 10:24,25
My desire and hope is that Graciously Redeemed will become a place where that kind of “making disciples” will happen. A place where women are encouraged and equipped to love God, to love their neighbour and to do the good deeds God has prepared for them to do. In their families, in their churches, in their communities, in this world. It is also my hope, that this place will encourage and equip women (YOU!) to go out and make disciples, to be that encourager and equipper in the lives of others around you.
Hugs and prayers,
Have you been discipled in this kind of way in the past? What has been most valuable to you in this process? What would you love to have in a discipling relationship which you don’t have now? Are you intentionally “making disciples” in your own relationships? Share some thoughts in the comments below.