Wednesday, 2 October 2019
"Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Yeshua's words to four fishermen who left life as they had know it and became His disciples. I see discipleship as a partnership which should flow from both directions; the teacher and the student.
Yeshua is Messiah, however even He needed partners to share the vision; people faithful to the call of God on their lives.
For a congregation to grow and enter into the vision God has given them, there needs to be direction and followers (disciples). This is true for all areas of life, even in the modern business world of today. There is a limit to how much one person can carry on their shoulders.
Interestingly, in Matthew 4:21-22 the two brothers left their father to follow Yeshua. To me this shows that they were in a good, secure place together with their father. What would compel them to leave? I believe they saw Yeshua's authority, faithfulness and anointing. Another interesting point to consider is the age difference between these men and Yeshua. It would appear that they were close in age which gives us understanding that someone's age does not necessarily determine their ability to teach, lead and be an example to others. On the contrary, Yeshua began to call the disciples at the age of 30; after being in the desert for 40 days and withstanding Satan's temptation. I see this as another point to consider; we will be better equipped to disciple others often after having faced our own tests. These tests give us the ability to speak to others from our own personal experiences.
Reflecting the character of a loving father is one of the most important elements in discipleship. How do we see this character in connection with discipleship in the congregation? Some of the greatest obstacles can be communication and lack of trust on the side of the person being invested in. Yet, a heart to invest in others in and out of the congregation should be a big part of our lives.
One last point, the danger of manipulating and controlling those we are investing in. Our purpose is not to make people dependent on us but independent in Him. People should be free to grow and develop in serving God in the gifts and calling He put on their lives. We are not serving ourselves but God through the lives of others.
This is taken from the Harvest of Asher Facebook page.