Discipleship is a buzzword these days it seems. But what do we mean when we say we are going to BE a disciple of Jesus Christ? What does it mean when we say we are going to make disciples for Jesus Christ?
I keep a quote on the top of my big workflow chart on my office wall:
Culture will eat strategy for breakfast
The quote is usually attributed to Peter Drucker, so I want to give him proper credit here. What does it mean for discipleship though? I would guess that each of you who sees this quote might have your own take on the implications. I would invite you to leave a comment and have a discussion about it at the bottom of this post. Here is my take on this statement.
What we are as a disciple influences the ways we will choose to make disciples. In a church, the culture that we create for discipleship is going to determine the kinds of disciples we make. So, we need to ask a few key questions. What does it mean to BE a disciple? Do we get there by studying the right things and knowing certain answers? Do we get there by doing the right things and exhibiting certain behaviors? Is it really a combination of both of these?
What we will be is determined in large part by whatever foundation we build upon in our lives. We know from Scripture that there is only one foundation we can build upon as disciples: Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). So, what does that look like in practical terms? Let me suggest that we begin with the basics of dedicating time to reading God’s Word regularly.
Robbie Gallaty posted this to Twitter a few days ago:
Here’s some information to encourage you to start reading the Bible this year. Remember, you have to have a plan. If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail. Here’s the one we created for People who are Busy: https://t.co/sJTjTCcBb5
You Read one chapter a day five days a week. pic.twitter.com/hil71Mm576
— Robby Gallaty (@Rgallaty) December 31, 2018
We need to BE people who read God’s Word regularly. The result is we will BE disciples of Jesus Christ as it impacts every area of our walk with Him.