Discipleship is denying self and following Christ. It is not dependent on titles or positions. It involves people discovering the gifts and passions God gave them and using them to make a difference in the lives of others.
What stands in the way?
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[a] will worship God on this mountain.”
“Who am I?” Insecurity
“What if they…?” Fear
“I have never.” Inadequacy
“Use someone else.” Reluctance
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 PETER 2:9
Qualities of a Disciple
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
We love because he first loved us.
1 JOHN 4:19
By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.
We love God.
Develop your closeness with God.
Develop your character.
Develop your calling
We love people.
”Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give HIs life as a ransom for many.”
Be a servant.
Be a team player.
We pursue excellence.
”People were overwhelmed with amazement. ‘He has done everything well,’ they said.”
Do things well.
Do them before you’re asked.
Do more than is expected.
We choose joy.
”…sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”
2 CORINTHIANS 6:10