Discipleship: Begin With the End in Mind

Posted: March 24, 2012 in Discipleship, Uncategorized

One of the quotes in Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to Begin with the End in Mind. I believe this principle holds true if we are to be successful in accomplishing the mission Jesus gave all believers. Matthew 28:18-20 says, Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (NIV). In this passage Jesus tells us to make disciples by teaching them to obey.  Oswalt Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest makes a very good observation about the Mission Jesus gave us, and how it is to be accomplished.

“As Christian workers, worldliness is not our snare, sin is not our snare, but spiritual wantoning is, viz.: taking the pattern and print of the religious age we live in, making eyes at spiritual success. Never court anything other than the approval of God, go “without the camp, bearing His reproach.” Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have the commercial view – so many souls saved and sanctified, thank God, now it is all right. Our work begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and that will be God’s witness to us as workers. God brings us to a standard of life by His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that standard in others.”

Luke 14:33 tells us that  those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.  This process of sticking with a man through discipleship until they are wholly yielded to God takes a certain period of time, but it begins with a man who is “willing to forsake all” to follow Him. Look for men who meet this criteria, and then disciple them until they are wholly yielded to God.

Written by Ken Wheeler, Sr.

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