I have a proposition for you to think about today. In this case, my proposition is in the form of a thought, one that I believe to be correct; one that could be very significant both for each of us and for the entire Body of Christ. The proposition is:
We can only disciple other people through the overflowing of our own discipleship.
What I mean by this is that we can only share what we have an abundance of ourselves. For us to disciple others is to share what we have in our own relationships with Jesus Christ. If we don’t have much blessing from Him, with what can we bless others?
Thus, if my proposition is correct, and I am convinced that it is, then we must have a full and overflowing relationship with Christ before we can help others to have a full and overflowing relationship with Him. Since the whole object of discipleship is to grow new disciples who make disciples, then we need to pay particular attention to our own relationship with the Lord. See what I mean?
Now we come to the crux of the whole thing: First, all of this means that our relationship with Jesus is not simply for our own benefit; it is also for the benefit of others and ultimately for the entire Body. Second, as His servant, I have a much richer and fulfilling need to focus and grow in my relationship with Christ than I might ever have recognized before, and if this is so what am I going to do about it?
Maybe what I need to consider are things like daily practices such as prayer, Bible reading, meditation/contemplation, service, spiritual expressions and silence.
I wonder, are you willing to join me in examining and evaluating our daily spiritual practices to see if we are being filled with enough of His life to be able to share it with others; in discovering if we are well fed or mal-nourished spiritually? I would like to share some thoughts with you in several posts over the next few weeks about what I discover in this area, and sharing with you where I have done well, where I have fallen short and what I do about the results. I would also challenge you to come along on the journey with me.
I have no doubt that we will grow in our relationships with Jesus as we go.