In last weeks Facts we stressed the fact that (1) Assembly line approaches to discipling do not work. Basically it is a life on life affair. (2) The discipler must set an example of an in depth walk with God if he is to bear true fruit in the life of another.
Paul spoke often about the power and importance of example. Thus, he enjoined the Corinthians to follow [his] example, as [he had followed] the example of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1). (See Phil. 3:17; 4:9; 1 Thess. 1:5, 6; 2 Tim. 2:2) If we are to seriously affect anothers life we must give them access to our lives over a sustained period of time. Imagine, Jesus being with the Twelve for 2 to 3 years, 24/7. And change they did.
Next, we need to understand what to build into a persons life. First and foremost is the word of God. Several disciplines are paramount. At the head of the list is modeling from our lives regular time alone with God in prayerful meditation on His word. We need to teach them how to slow down and take a small portion of Scripture, mull it over in their minds, and jot down their findings. Then learn to take the time to stop and pray their observations into their life. They will not get the significance of slowing down to meditate on the word unless you model it and do it with them until they get it.
Another critical discipline toward spiritual maturation is Scripture memory. Building the habit and conviction of hiding Gods word in their heart will transform their lives and equip them like nothing else. (See Rom. 12:2; Psa. 11:9, 11). After all, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). The Navigator Topical Memory System is an excellent tool in this regard. (Google NavPress). Lets be honest, without knowing and internalizing Gods word you are like a guy playing the piano with gloves on: A sad display of ignorance and ineptness. I know of no discipline that is more spiritually transformational than regular, disciplined memorization of Gods word. Few are willing to pay the price, however. Here is where we separate the men from the boys.
This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection.
R. Dwight HillViews: 56