Dawson Trotman of The Navigators has authored several books over the years, but one of his smaller works entitled, “Born to Reproduce,” is the one that really changed my way of thinking about discipleship. In it he states, “The gospel spread to the known world during the first century without radio, television, or the printing press because these produced men who were reproducing. But today we have a lot of “pew-sitters” – people think that if they are faithful in church attendance, put good-sized gifts into the offering plate, and get people to come, they have done their part.”
As we mature in our Christian walk, we are to become intentional in our discipling of others. God’s plan was, and still is, for His people to use the gifts he has so graciously bestowed upon them to build up others and help them to grow as well, so that they in turn would disciple others. Disciples are to grow to become disciple-makers.
Each day as part of my quiet time, I focus on reading one chapter slowly and carefully. This week, I will focus on Colossians and then 1 Peter. There is a time for more in-depth study of God’s Word, and there is a time for devotional reading that is more about having a conversational relationship with our Lord. These “SOAPs” of mine are in no way an in-depth exegesis of the passage, and are just my thoughts as I read through and prayerfully consider God’s Word.
S (Scripture) – Colossians 1:28 “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.”
O (Observation) – The definition of admonish is: to indicate duties or obligations to; to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner; to give friendly earnest advice or encouragement to…Lord, we are to be doing these things, teaching others, but we cannot teach what we do not know – we cannot lead where we do not go.
A (Application) – Lord, we first must become Your disciples if we are to become disciple-makers. Discipline is of the same root word – it doesn’t happen overnight. Spiritual maturity is your desire for everyone.
P (Prayer) – Jesus, draw me even closer to You. Holy Spirit, equip me to do Your work.