Christian leadership, specifically discipleship, is meant to be done in such a way that our life in the grace of Jesus is meant to be observable. Jesus had a circle of friends who could observe his life. Paul had a circle of friends who could observe his life. These were invited in and challenged. Timothy while in Ephesus received a letter from Paul in which Paul challenges him to pursue this pattern of life:

12Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:12-16

Is your progress observable? By anyone? What adjustments would be required in your life for at least a few others to see your progress and journey with you?

This is the disciple-makers challenge!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s