Discipleship and Obedience

Discipleship and Obedience

Discipleship and ObedienceHow are your discipleship routines? Are you diligent in obeying God? Are you reading your Bible even when you don’t feel like it? You answers tell a lot about your thoughts about how a Christian should live his/her life. Let’s see what others have said about discipleship and obedience.

Eugene Peterson states “A disciple is a life-long learner: not an academic acquiring information about God, but a craftsman acquiring skills in the faith.” I do agree. Being a disciple is a life-long commitment. It’s not something we do occasionally but something we keep on doing no matter how we feel. We’ve called to grow in faith. We won’t mature in faith if we don’t live it out day in and day out.

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Col. 2:7, NLT)

Let your roots grow down into Christ

The Bible urges us to put our roots down into Christ and build our lives on him. That sounds very permanent and consistent. Our faith lives should reflect this. Obedience and discipleship should be built in our everyday lives. When we take care of our spiritual needs, our roots keep growing down into Christ.

John Ortberg guides us “This is the most helpful distinction I have ever heard about the spiritual life: there is a difference between training to do something versus trying to do something. When we think about following Jesus, we think we need to try harder to be more like Jesus, as opposed to training to be more like Jesus.”

Trying hard is not the way to go. Training is what everyday discipleship and obedience is all about. Our training consists of prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship with other believers, worship, serving and so on. As we obediently stick to our spiritual training routines, we keep on becoming more like Jesus and being blessed in the process.

 

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for calling us for discipleship and obedience.
We don’t know it at first but it is for our best.
Help us to trust your commands
even when we don’t understand them.
Enable us to set up healthy spiritual routines.
We want to put our roots deep down into Christ
and build our lives upon him.
Let us flourish for you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How are your discipleship and obedience routines?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let your roots grow down into Christ!

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