Step 2: Accept the responsibility
Every mature believer has three (3) kinds of relationships in his or her life.
- Mentor/discipler – these are the people you look to for wise counsel and whom you seek to emulate in their faith walk1. Think Barnabas and Paul, or Paul and Timothy.
- Peers/friends – these are the people in basically the same station of life as you and similar maturity. This is the group of people you hang out with and amongst whom there is a culture of steering each other on to Godliness2. Think the 12 Disciples of Christ amongst each other.
- Mentee/disciple – These are people who are not quite to the station of life you are in or maturity of faith. These are relationships you intentionally foster and make yourself available to in order to encourage and call forward into maturity, growing believers. It’s never a forced thing, but a generous offering to give what you yourself have received.3
If you are to fulfill the great commission in your life and be a discipler, you must first take responsibility for developing these three (3) kinds of relationships in your life.
This includes intentionally deciding to not only look after you and yours, but also invest in the lives of others in the body. Use your time to disciple those beyond your immediate family (your first priority). A word of caution here: Before looking outside your family, make sure you are discipling those inside. Both are important, do not neglect one for the other. That would not be modeling how families should work.
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NLT HEBREWS 10:24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.; NLT PROVERBS 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.↩
NLT TITUS2:1 As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. 2 Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. 3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5 to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes,to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. 6 In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. 7 And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. 8 Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.↩