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Making Disciples Who Make Disciples
1Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 CSB)
When you chose to become a follower of Jesus Christ, He began the process of transforming you into His image. God, in His infinite mercy and grace, has offered a path for us to be redeemed. We don’t deserve it and we could never earn it. His gift of salvation is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love for us. In light of this wonderful gift, we are to present our bodies as a sacrifice to God. In order to do that, we must be transformed into His image and not conformed into the world’s image.
Paul wrote that we were to imitate Him as he imitates Christ. 1 Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ. (1Corinthians 11:1 CSB) How does this happen? Well first of all, God does the transforming work of the believer through the Holy Spirit. 6 I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6 CSB)
God is at work all around you. As you become more like Christ, He begins to open your eyes to all the opportunities for you to become a part of what He is already doing. “Watch to see where God is working and join Him in His work.” (Quote from Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby) God is not content with who you are or what you do right now. He is already at work preparing you for what you will become and what you will do for Him in the future. God has a plan for you. His will is not for you to sit by idly waiting for eternal life in heaven. He is constantly shaping you, working in you, and through you to become more like Christ every day and accomplish His will for His glory.
Jesus wants you to be more than just a Christian in name only. He desires for you to be transformed so that He can use you to lead others to be transformed by the power and work of God. God loves you more than you can imagine. He also loves everyone else. He desires for you to be a part of the transforming work of God in the lives of others. 19 “Follow me,” he told them, “And I will make you fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19 CSB) When Jesus made this statement to his followers, little did they know that that was exactly what was going to happen. The disciples and those who followed them changed the world. That day of Pentecost is still changing the world today.
So, how do you become part of the life-changing, transforming work of God? Ask yourself…
- Where is God at work in you and around you?
- What does that look like?
- How can you become a part of His work?
God has placed you in relationships with others so that you can speak truth into their lives. Too many Christians are missing victory and peace in their life because they have chosen to do their will and not the will of God. We are most blessed and at peace when we serve God and others. We must deal with relationships and issues that we encounter with biblical love and truth. We can’t hide from the world and all its problems. We need to fight for our marriages, our families, our churches, and our mission.
Discipleship happens best in the context of community. Whether it is one-on-one or in a small group, Christians doing life together, encouraging one another, praying with and for one another, and studying the truths of God’s Word is essential for a healthy church to make disciples that make disciples. In community, we can find healing, grace, belonging, and purpose. In the context of these relationships we can be honest with one another, authentic, and even curious.
True Transformational Discipleship is placing yourself into obedience of God’s agenda and not our own. When you see God at work, join Him. What does that look like for you? What does that look like for your church? How can you discover what Gods’ doing and join Him? It starts with prayer. It is a real, genuine, honest conversation with God. Transformational Discipleship means complete surrender to His will, for His purpose, and for His glory. It’s not about you. When you give everything that you are to God, He begins to change you from the inside out. He then begins to show you where He is at work and will invite you to join Him. It will not be easy, but I promise, you will never regret it.
Where will you start today in your journey of becoming a life-changing, transformed disciple of Christ?
How can we help? Take the first step by scheduling an appointment with a transformational discipleship coach by clicking on the link to choose the day and time. Then choose a phone conversation or a zoom call to talk through your first step. Do it now, don’t wait.
Transformational Discipleship is not a program, tool, or resource. It is a journey. Let us help you make the first step.
For more information email Sean Keith, or call the Sunday School/Discipleship Team at 318.449.4227.