Multiply: Show, Share, and Teach

I have read books on discipling.  I have taken “workshops” or “classes” on discipling.  I have participated in a “discipling Bible study” too.

None of these helped me to understand how to be a disciple of Christ or how to disciple others.  I simply collected the information.  I don’t discount these completely; I am sure the information was good, but perhaps not applicable or practical.  Or, maybe my heart wasn’t teachable or ready.

I am not sure why discipleship has never really “clicked” before, but last night as I watched Multiply at my church, I felt different.  I felt like saying YES!  This makes sense.

I understand discipleship.  I’ve always understood “what” it is just not “how” it’s done.  Although I have read about the disciples in the Bible, I have never fully understood how to practically disciple others myself or how to be a disciple.

Deep down I have always wanted someone to take me under her wing and show me Jesus.  Show me how she studies, does life, makes decisions, reacts under pressure and when wronged…how she loves Jesus.

I wanted to be discipled.  That’s just not what I called it.

Now, I am being discipled and loving it.  I see God’s hand and am forever thankful for a group of women who have enveloped me in their tight fold.  I want to be better because of them, for them, and for Him.

How are they discipling me?  How are they helping me to be a Christ follower?  

Here’s what I learned from Multiply

Discipling means sharing, showing, and teaching.

Sharing

To disciple or be discipled, you have to share life together.  That means really share life together. Not the “you’re too messy, so I am busy” share life together.  Not the “how are you? I am fine” share life together.  We have so much of that in the church and world that it’s nauseating.

Sharing life together means being open and honest with one another with trust and confidentiality.  I know you love me and Jesus so much that you don’t feel the need to talk about my struggles or me.  Our relationship is a safe place.  Sure we have deep conversations, but we also have fun.  We share a trip to the mall or a meal.

We share life.  We invite one another into our lives and our spaces.

Showing

If you’re discipling someone, you show them how to follow Christ.  This is a tall order.  To show someone how to follow Christ, you have to be following Christ.  You can’t show another how to pray or study God’s word or worship if you aren’t engaged in prayer, study, and worship personally.

As David Platt said last night, “God’s got this thing rigged.”  To make disciples, you must be a disciple…a Christ follower.  And when you’re a disciple, you make disciples.

You show the disciple through your example how to handle difficult situations.  You show them how you study the word and hear God.  You show them how you journal, memorize Scripture, love others, handle difficult people, and more.

You are an example of Jesus to them in both word and deed. You walk side by side with them, helping them know how to follow and love Jesus more.

Teaching

Disciples teach others about Christ.  Those discipling me have been intentional about sharing Scripture, teaching me His word.  They speak truth into my life, not fearing they’ll offend me. They are bold to quote and pray His Word over me and others.  We study God’s word together.

But, we can’t do any of this on our own.  Under our own power.  We can’t do it apart from God, and I am afraid I’ve been trying it alone.

I thought I could disciple myself by reading God’s word, praying, journaling, going to church, listening to podcasted sermons, and reading books.

I thought I could equip myself.  I can’t. 

While these disciplines are helpful…even necessary…I must open my heart and allow someone else to pour in.

And, I am thankful God has sent those someones to me.  Ladies who are willing to pour in.  They are unfazed by my baggage or distance, as I like to hold others at a safe arm’s length.  They press in.

In turn, I have to be willing to selflessly pour in to others.  To stand in the mess alongside them sharing, showing, and teaching.

Are you a disciple of Christ? Who are you allowing to pour into your life?  Are those pouring in disciples of Him, living their lives for Him? Or are they toxic, pouring in self-righteousness, skepticism, and religion?

Are you discipling others?  Are you being intentional about wading into the deep waters of life with others?  Are you making space and time in your life to share, show, and teach?

All hard questions.  But, nonnegotiable for Christ followers.  Our Great Commission…

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teachingthem to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with youalways, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28: 16-20

This is not a comfortable call, but a costly command. (Thanks, David Platt.)

May we all be obedient to His command.  May we step out in faith and disciple those God has placed in our lives.

If you’d like to watch last night’s broadcast, click here:  Multiply from Birmingham, Alabama with David Platt and Francis Chan.

If you’d like to watch live, click here now:  Multiply from San Francisco, California.

Comments

  1. watching presently and being changed too 🙂 it’s just really too big to miss isn’t it … i am so grateful for the reminder to pour this life out on behalf of other people coming to know the Jesus that we love … He’s up to something friend!! 🙂

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