|Chuch Swindoll http://Insight.org|
Do most in the church of Jesus Christ even know what it is to be a disciple?I have been a huge fan of Insight for Living and Chuck Swindoll for as long as I can remember. On May 8 and 9 the sermon turned to the issue of discipleship. Since that is very near and dear to my heart, I made a special effort to tune in by computer and listen. You can, too, at http://www.insight.org/
Here are some of the points which line up very nicely with the key themes of my recently released book, God Called - He Needs Your Decision!
He first noted that a new Christian should not be thrust into leadership roles or even service too quickly. He makes a comparison to a new baby and says that the baby Christian needs time to heal, learn, and spend time with Jesus prior to starting to serve.
He also points out that the word discipleship is overused and under appreciated. I think he means that most who use the word use it incorrectly to refer to a process of seeking converts and trying to bring them to a point of accepting Jesus. This is not discipleship. Rather discipleship has two sides.
First there is the process of being discipled or trained up in the ways of Jesus. Swindoll recommends that you ask two or three spiritually mature individuals to help you work out your faith. The goal is to reach a point where you have picked up your cross and followed Jesus, which includes giving up your possessions and your very life.
At some point in this process you will be in a position to disciple others. You don’t have to be perfect to do so, but you have to be clear-eyed about you interests being God centered rather than earth centered. One way you might know is if those around you clearly see that you’ve been “with Jesus.”
Swindoll told a variation on the story of the pearl of great price. He said that when the man asked the owner of the pearl what the price was, the trader said the price was not set. The man said he would pay whatever the price was. The trader said the cost would be everything. The trader showed him that this included his money, house, car, wife, kids . . . everything. The trader then said he would loan these things back to the man, but that he would have title, and could ask for them at any time.
If you’d like to hear the entire message, please check it out at http://www.insight.org/