The Heart of Discipleship

Discipleship is not just about gaining head knowledge; it's about becoming a mature member of God's family.

God is in the process of creating a family for himself. He has chosen to call himself Father and to call us his children. He could have simply called himself the Creator and us the created, yet he has chosen a more intimate name for himself and for us.

The means of being born into the family of God is through faith in his only begotten son Jesus. “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. (John 1:12) Receiving Christ is the way God adopts us into his family.

As a good Father, the Lord is always looking to develop and mature his children. The Father never intended for his children to remain as infants. Instead, his intention is for every one of his children to grow up “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)

The ultimate purpose of God in your life and mine is for us to become like his son, Jesus, our older brother. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters”. (Romans 8:29)

Therefore, discipleship is not just the process of helping people memorize scripture Bible verses, learn how to pray or how to share their faith. While these are all worthwhile activities and disciplines, the heart of discipleship is really to help God’s children learn the ways of his family. We are to learn the customs, culture and practices that govern God’s kingdom. Like any family, the family of God has its own rules, code of conduct and means by which we are to live with one ultimate rule.

Jesus said, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. (John 13:34) This directive from our older brother Jesus is not just another law or rule to follow. Instead, it is the primary family code of conduct that God has chosen for his children to live by as we relate to one another. God is a family man, so to speak, and has always been in the business of creating a loving family of brothers and sisters.

As we begin to view God’s plan in familial terms, it will surprisingly bring much greater depth to our understanding of spiritual growth and maturity because it will be primarily rooted in relationship with God and one another, not just a list of tasks to complete.

If you desire a deeper relationship with God the Father, the first step is to invite his son Jesus into your life. After you make this most important decision, you need to grow in your own spiritual maturity as well as your understanding of the nature of God the Father. If that is your desire, my book Born to Grow will help you grow as a child of the Father and my book Our Good Father will help you better understand the nature of our Father in heaven. 
  

 

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