Chew on this:
Are you doing discipleship the way Jesus did it? In your discipleship training program, are you getting the results Jesus got?
The modern church embraces the message of our Savior, with a few doctrinal differences thrown in the mix. On the other hand, the methodology that Jesus and the Apostle Paul employed to train their followers remains a different story. We practically ignore the way Jesus trained His disciples. Could it be that the way Jesus trained His disciples is just as biblically significant as what Jesus said?
I believe, the word that comes the closest to describing the way Jesus and Paul raised their disciples is mentoring. At Reach America, we believe that mentoring is the missing link to modern discipleship.
What was Jesus’ goal of discipleship or mentoring? The answer to this question is two-fold and is found in our Savior’s invitation to his disciples (Matthew 4:19) and in his high-priestly prayer, recorded in John 17. First, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Secondly, Jesus stayed with his guys until he was convinced they could effectively fish for men without His physical presence. Obviously, Jesus achieved His goal.
Think about it. Jesus raised up 12 guys who could fish for men and who also knew what to do with the fish once they were caught.
Jesus started a movement that not only influenced the world during his era, but the movement he founded is still impacting the world, over 2,000 years later!
On the surface, one might conclude that Jesus’ success was all due to the power of the Holy Spirit. No one here is denying the Holy Spirit’s role in the power of the gospel, but why didn’t Jesus just go straight to the cross after defeating Satan in the wilderness? Why spend three years with a rag-tag, hard-headed group of guys? If Jesus could have just whipped it on them – the Holy Spirit, that is – then why didn’t he?
You know, I really don’t have the answer to that one.
All I know is that Jesus picked twelve guys to hang out with him for three years. When he returned to heaven, those guys changed the world for all time and eternity.
How did Jesus do that?!
Hey, want to change the world?
Um, stay tuned…