Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Art of Discipleship.

"Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him" (2 Kings 12:2, NIV).

Can you imagine be offered a job by someone who knew you didn't have the experience, the training, nor the aquired skill, and given the expectation to perform like an expert? Of course not. For the most part, it would be that someone saw potential in you, and knew that with the proper training, mentoring, and guidance, that they would be able to convert that potential into performance.

So it was with Joash. Joash had become king at the age of seven after being hidden in secret for most of his early years after a violent and hostile takeover from his grandmother. When he had become king, he had had no godly example, or any example, for how to be king. There was no prior training. However, "Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord ALL THE YEARS JEHOIADA THE PRIEST INSTRUCTED HIM." Joehoida knew that Joash posessed the potential to be a good king that would turn the heart of the nation back to God. He knew that he could not and would never be able to accomplish this on his own. Therefore, he commited to walking along side the king with a heart and mind to mentor and disciple him in the matters of Lord. And all the while Jehoiada did this, Joash was successful in the eyes of the Lord. 

Do you ever feel as though you the idea of serving God is like running a marathon that you realize a few hundred yards in that you were ill-trained to finish? You begin with all the excitement in the world only to find that excitement alone is not enough to endure in the "long run." So it is in life and in relationship with Jesus. God has called you to be discipled, but also for the purpose of discipling others. You can't expect to do well what you've never done unless one who been there and done that walks beside you. In the same way, you can't expect others to do well in their walk with Jesus, unless you, you have clocked some miles on the journey, choose to walk along side them as well.

What does it mean to be discipled? Get around someone who's been there, who's on the journey, who is closer to the goal that you are trying to reach. Ask them to show you how they've gotten where they are. Don't wait for them to seek you out. See what it is that you want and go for it. Be willing to be teachable, challenged, stretched uncomfortably to the limits. Be willing to develop consistent habits that will not always fit into "your schedule." 

What does it mean to disciple? Though one should never wait to be sought out, choose to seek out those you know could benefit in their walk with God through the art of discpleship. Choose to spend time. Be willing to share what you've learned, what God has shown you, and how He's kept you on the journey. Be open and transparent and willing to share how imperfect you are, but are continuing to seek Jesus in becoming more like Him. Be ready to challenge someone and hold them accountable in the disciplines and the truth of God. 

Remember, mentorship and discipleship is a two-way street. Everyone needs one and everyone should be one.

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