I think my views on discipleship have been shaped for several years by many of the people I’ve known in my life.
Discipleship, in terms of Christianity, refers to the learner or the student of Jesus. Jesus would often find those who were lost; anyone who was a tax collector, a baptist, or an adulterer was considered lost because Jesus came to save the whole world. Those who were ready to accept Him were taken on as His disciples. In Matthew 4, it reads:
Four Fishermen Called as Disciples
18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,
22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
When the fishermen were ready and willing, Jesus turned them into fishers of men. He does this not only once, not only twice, but does this on several occasions. Timon from Lion King said in Lion King 1 1/2, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” So, what lesson can we gather from here?
For starters, I think the discipler must be ready and able in leading the other person in leading the discipler. He must have a heart of praise for God and must be guide the discipler with the wisdom granted only be the Holy Spirit. One leading point is, the discipler should be older and set apart from the generation of the disciple. To put it in layman terms, how can someone who is going through the same stuff that you’re going through give you any advice about how to act wisely?
This past year, I realize I’ve been approaching discipleship in the wrong way. I’ve always believed that when the disciple realizes the need to be discipled, he will approach the person the discipler and ask him to enter a discipleship relationship. In reality, Jesus set an example by approaching those men He intended to teach and disciple.
In conclusion, discipleship is justa s important to the discipler as it is to the disciple. Each must play his part in the relationship, but only as God calls us to enter such a relationship.