Investing Your Time to Disciple

Investing Your Time to Disciple

It is the season when many of us create goals for the months ahead and pause to reflect on our goals from the previous year. God desires to be an integral part of this process.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” Eph. 1:18-19

Over the years, I believe that God has called me to serve and disciple others. I have experienced deep joy in helping individuals understand biblical truths and grow in their relationship with Christ Jesus. I love hearing about how God speaks to them through His Word or how their prayer life has transformed their relationships with others.

When beginning a discipling relationship, I usually focus on three key things:

• Reading God’s Word – This is like eating and drinking; a must for growth and survival.

• Praying – This is like breathing; we are instructed in God’s Word to pray without ceasing. • Scripture Memory – This is like strength training. Memorizing scripture helps us hold strong in the trials of life.

All three components help us to grow spiritually and equip us to serve effectively in the Kingdom of God.

These three disciplines will ultimately create the desire to learn and exercise other spiritual disciplines as well.

In the first few months of discipling an individual, we often talk about what they are gleaning from scripture and how God is speaking to them through His Word. We focus on their prayer life and any struggles or chal-lenges that may exist. We also work together to memo-rize scripture that will strengthen and encourage them as they grow in the Lord. A great starting point often includes John 1:1, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Philippians 4:4-8, Ephesians 2:8-10 and James 1:2-8.

It is a privilege to prayerfully walk alongside someone in grace and love for two or three years as they grow in the Lord and learn to surrender to God in new and fresh ways. God has taught me the importance of listening. I seek to hear and understand hearts and motivations so I am better equipped to pray and intercede. At times, I am able to share from my own experiences as God directs.

My challenge for all of us is to prayerfully consider developing a discipleship relationship with two or three people for two to three years with the intention that they will in turn do the same. I encourage you to boldly ask God to bring to mind the individuals He would like you to disciple and that He would create the opportunity for that shared commitment. Time is a valuable resource. Time spent investing in another person’s spiritual growth bears eternal rewards.

I am honored to be able to serve the Lord alongside you.