I had a discussion about discipleship the other day. That word, disciple, can sound so scary to us and yet it’s really not. Yes, asking someone to ‘disciple’ us can be difficult. We don’t know what to do or even what to ask. We can get so flustered that we stop ourselves before we even get started, but it’s really not that hard. Asking someone to coffee, well that’s not too hard. Asking someone for advice about marriage, taking care of a parent or child, that’s not so hard either. Asking someone to help us through a rough patch with wisdom, encouragement and prayer, that’s not as bad as it sounds either. These conversations all bear the hallmark of discipleship. Talking about life with another believer, a more mature believer; that’s what discipleship is all about.
Galatians 6:6 MSG
"Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience."
We can find someone that we can connect with and learn from. We can find someone who needs us to be in their life; be it a lifelong friendship or only for a season. It’s all about getting some insight, inspiration and training from someone who has been there and done that, and then we go out and pay it forward. We should either be setting ourselves up to learn, so that we can become part of the future or we should be giving our knowledge away to the future. Either way, it's about sharing our experience. Remember, discipleship is not usually a one and done kind of relationship. Sharing the accumulated knowledge, wisdom and insights of life takes time. Exploring our failures and our success stories takes time. Sharing all the good things that we have learned and our experiences with the tough times, takes time. Sharing life together is what it's all about. It doesn't happen overnight, but when that connection happens, it's the best kind of friendship; discipleship. The goal is to finish the race of life well, helping one another as we each grow up in God’s love. Sharing life together; that’s discipleship.