All the years that I have walked with the Lord there has never been someone to step up and offer to disciple me. Oh, I wished that there had been someone who would have taken me under their wing and shared with me the steps of being a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I had many who lived before me the Christian life and I learned a great deal from them but there were none who stepped up to say, “Bill, let me help you become the Christian that God wants you to be.” or, something like that.
Discipleship is the process of teaching someone to be like Christ; helping a person become a follower of the Lord, fully committed and loyal to Christ in all things. Discipleship happens in relationships. Our Savior spent three years with His disciples and they would grow but not until the Holy Spirit came upon them did they fully understand what Jesus taught. So, never think that becoming a disciple or discipleship happens because of you or someone else. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in and through you being the discipler or the one being discipled. Also, let’s make this clear, you don’t have to be a super-Christian to be a person who disciples another. God uses ordinary people, just like the disciples and their early converts to Christ, people just like you and me, to help others to grow in Christ. Again, when it comes to the work of the Lord, nothing is done without the work and the power of the Holy Spirit. Using the concept of the Great Commision we are to teach others to obey all that Jesus taught. That is discipleship. John Barnett said, “Discipleship is all about following our Master Jesus Christ and learning to live by the wisdom of His Word.”
We see in the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ that He called for His disciples to lead others to Christ and have them become disciples and then have them baptized and then to disciple them in the way of the Lord through teaching them to observe all that Jesus had commanded them. That is true discipleship! Leading people to Jesus and discipling them in Christ.
Have you come to know Christ personally as your Savior and Lord?
Have you become the disciple that Jesus calls us to be?
Do you need to have someone come alongside you to help you and disciple you in Jesus?
Fortunately, the scripture we have today shares where someone is in need of discipleship and there are two people who step up to help. In the book of Acts, two of Paul’s disciples, Pricilla and Aquila, sees a young man of God that needs their help and they proceed to help him become the disciple that God desires. We see these events in Acts 18:24-28.