“My earliest memories revolve around fishing trips with my father. He taught me how to bait a hook, cast a line, and land a catfish without getting stabbed to death. But above all I learned about my father: how he walked, talked, joked, prayed, spoke to others, and how he always thought about my mother on the drive home.
More than fishing, I learned about being a man. It was a form of discipleship. He led and I followed.
Disciples are called to follow Christ, and following him means helping others follow him.
Are you a disciple that makes disciples?
As a friend of mine says, “If you aren’t helping other people follow Jesus, I don’t know what you mean when you say you’re following Jesus.”
First, we’re called to evangelise. God has placed us in our families, workplaces, and circles of friends so that we can proclaim the gospel of grace to those who are destined to hell apart from Christ. We must help people learn how to begin to follow Jesus.
Secondly, we’re to help one another grow in Christ-likeness. Maybe two friends decide to read a chapter from a Gospel and then discuss it on the train to work. Maybe an older Christian reads a biography with a younger believer. Maybe a mother spends time at the park with other mums each week. Regardless of the format, some of our discipleship should involve times of reading, praying, confessing, encouraging, and challenging each other to become more like Christ, whether planned or spontaneous. It’s what being a family is all about - helping one another grow.
But we must always remember that apart from the sustaining and empowering grace of God we can do nothing (Jn. 15:5). Whether you’re a pastor, a plumber, a policeman, or a stay at home parent, you never graduate from your need for God’s grace. We fail. We sin. We struggle. But thankfully, God’s grace abounds to his children.
May we faithfully follow Christ and help others to do the same until we see his face.