What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word discipleship?
For most of us the first thing that comes to our mind is something in the context of a class. We have made discipleship all about teaching. Discipleship has become an academic endeavor instead of a reproductive process. Let me ask you, is a disciple someone who knows all about the trade of their teacher or is a disciple an apprentice learning to go and do what the teacher does?
If you are the disciple of a teacher and you know all there is about teaching but you never teach are you a “True Disciple”?
Let me share with you an interesting insight into the choosing of disciples by the rabbis of Jesus time. When a rabbi was looking for a disciple he would choose the best of the best from the young Jewish boys. He would look at them and say “come follow me for I think you have what it takes to do what I do – to be like me.” If a Rabbi didn’t think they could be like them they were not chosen to follow that Rabbi. Think about who Jesus chose. They were “ordinary, unschooled” men. They were not the best of the best. In that day if you did not make the cut you went into the family business. The others kept progressing on with hopes of being a disciple of one of the rabbis.
Jesus is walking on the beach and sees Peter working in the family business and says “come follow me”. One of the greatest honors of the day was to be asked to be a disciple of a great rabbi. Peter hears what every other disciple of his time heard, “I think you can be like me.” Why did Peter get out of a boat on a stormy night? He believed that he could be like his rabbi and do what his rabbi did.
They were more than just learners. They were be-comers. They were “True Disciples”. When Jesus said “Go and make disciples” he was not talking about simply educating followers. When he said “teach them to obey all I have commanded” he was including his command to go and make disciples.
Question: Are you a “True Disciple” or just a well educated follower?
Question: Who is your disciple? True disciples make disciples who make disciples…
Discipleship is a reproductive process not an academic endeavor.
now, “Go make disciples”.