Part X of our series on Making Disciples
So says Jesus in Matthew 7:24.
This month’s field trip for the Work of Mercy of Making Disciples will take you to three different places to connect with three people who will go on to be very, very important in your life.
In the words of Pastor Paul Martin, “Be a Barnabas; Pursue a Paul; Train a Timothy.”
In other words:
- Make sure you have a peer disciple who is holding you accountable and who you are holding accountable;
- Ask one person to disciple you formally;
- Identify one person for you to disciple.
Commit all three of these requests to prayer today, and pray for each one daily in your family worship time until God fulfills all three—even if it takes six years. If he fulfills the first one but not yet the other two, thank him in prayer for the first one and beseech him for the other two. He’ll give them to you. It’s a request he’ll delight in fulfilling, because it’s in accordance with his word and how he desires to train you.
Utilize your offering to facilitate the process of discipling, being discipled, and being with another disciple. Build up a resource library like D. Michael Henderson talked about so that you can regularly be building up the person God sent you to disciple. Hit the Waffle House weekly—hey, three times a week; one for each relationship!—and let God produce the growth he delights to produce in each of these crucial and transformative relationships.
Just don’t order the chocolate chip waffle with extra bacon every time you go.
Oh, and remember to use an “After Action Review” to help make this a learning experience for you. Here are the questions I ask myself after doing the word:
- What was the intent?
- What happened? Why? What are the implications?
- What lessons did we learn?
- Now what?