#3 He has a clear vision of the end product and how to achieve it.
There is no doubt that Jesus had a clear vision of what he intended to accomplish with eleven of the twelve disciples as revealed in his prayer to the Father the night before the cross: “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (Jn. 17:4). John 17 reveals that the work he accomplished was the training of these men to carry on his mission. So it must be with us that we also have a clear vision of the intended goal for our disciples.
The following list is a suggested guideline of what you may want to emphasize in the life of your disciples. Because each person we work with is uniquely called and gifted a great deal of sensitivity and prayer must accompany any effort to mold them. One size does not fit all. Our ultimate goal is that they “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13b).
Faith : He demonstrates that he truly believes God when the chips are down. (Heb. 10:22, 38, 39; 11).
Hope : His primary focus and hope is on the eternal, rather than the temporal. (Rom. 8:24, 25; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Heb. 11:1, 25-29).
Love : He loves others as he does Jesus. (Jn. 13:34,35; 12, 13; Gal. 5:6; Eph. 5:2 Col. 3:12, 13).
He is a person of the Word of God. That is, he has learned to meditate on the Scriptures, intelligently study them, and possesses a heart to apply it’s truths to his life. (Ezra 7:10; Psa. 1:2; 119:47, 48, 92; Job 23:12; Jer. 15:16; Rom. 7:22; 2 Tim. 2:15).
He is a person prayer : (Psa. 119:47, 48, 92; Job. 23:12; Jer. 15:16; Lk. 11:5-8; 21:36; Rom. 7:22; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17).
He has a servant’s heartas evidenced by selfless labor for God’s kingdom and glory. (Jn. 13:1-17; 2 Cor. 4:5-12; 6L3-10l I Pet. 4:16; 5:2,3; I Jn. 3:16-18).
He understands and applies biblical principles in discharging his responsibilities as a father and husband . (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21; 1 Tim. 3:4, 5; Eph. 5:25-29; Col. 3:19; I Pet. 3:7).
He is surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ . (Lk. 6:46; 9:23, 24, 57-62; 14:26-33; 18:28-30).
He possess a Scriptural understanding of the gifts of the Spirit and their communal importance in building up the body of Christ . (Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4:11-16; I Pet. 4:9,10).
He lives a disciplined life : (I Cor. 9:24-27; Phil. 3:11-14; I Tim. 4:7; 2 Tim. 2:3-6; Tit. 2:11-13; 2 Pet. 1:5-8).
He lives a life of integrity : (Gen. 6:9; I Kin. 9:4; Psa. 7:8; 25:21; 26:1; 102:1; Job 1:1, 8; 2:3; Matt. 5:8; Tit. 2:7).
He is committed to accomplishing the Great Commission : (Matt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15; Lk. 24:46, 47; Jn. 20:21; Act. 1:8).
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill