I taught a class for new teachers at church recently called “Disciplemaking Teachers” (I’m Christian Education Director). Before someone joins our ministry, we want to be sure that they are Jesus’ disciple in their private lives.
After all, things reproduce after their own kind, so only a disciple can create a disciple!
My own definition is that a disciple is someone who follows a daily path of instruction. It is the root word for discipline.
A Christian is one who is a disciple of Jesus Christ. They learn of Him and follow His ways. They may mistakes in the process, but they have the heart to follow Him all the days of their lives.
How can you tell if you are a Jesus’ disciple in your daily practice and maximizing your Spiritual growth? Simply use D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E.S. to assess yourself (Adapted from the book ‘Disciplemaking Teachers‘ by Josh Hunt and Larry Mays).
As you read what each letter means, think about two life-changing questions:
D – Disciplined in daily life.
On a normal day, you spend time with God, praying, worshiping Him, meditating upon His word and serving others. That is your path of instruction, following Jesus.
I – Intimate friendships
You have a close relationship with God, but you also have a close relationship with other believers.
S – Self-image
You want to see yourself as God sees you: saints, soldiers, the beloved, the branches of the vine, and so forth.
C – Corporate worship
You love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and communicate that love in worship.
I – Intimate family life
Your family is your first ministry. Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is to throw a ball in the backyard with your kid or take your spouse out on a date night. You live God’s word before them because they are more likely to follow your example than your advice.
P – Passion for God
You not only believe right and behave right (according to God’s word), but you feel right – you feel passion for God. With that passion, you can turn the world upside down.
L – Lay Ministry
You know your spiritual gift and are ministering in the area of your giftedness to help build up the body of Christ.
E – Evangelistic Interest
Regardless of style, you pray for, care about, think about, and minister to the lost. The closer we get to God, the more we find a God who is focused in on the lost sheep.
In a practical way, you share how you came to faith in Jesus, share what He’s done for you, invite others to church, and plant seeds of salvation in others wherever you can.
S – Sacrificial Giving
Generosity is core to your development as a follower of Jesus Christ. You regularly sow into the work of ministry and help feed the hungry and take care of others’ needs, just as Jesus did.
How do you think you are doing as Jesus’ disciple – which areas are you strong in? Which ones do you need to work on? Seek God in prayer as to what you can do to become stronger in your discipleship.
Remember, only a disciple can create a disciple!
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
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