Growing in Discipleship

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April Showers bring May flowers – or so the saying goes. Our schedules can fill up in this season so full that we may not notice the wonder of this saying. We can forget to stop and smell the beauty being created and miss the wonder of Isaiah’s observation,

As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

~Isaiah 55:10-11

May this not be so in our walk with Jesus.

As we move into this Easter Season and peer ahead to Pentecost, it is good to slow down and take stock of our discipleship. Lent offered us ample time to deepen our dependence on God, remember our mortality, and confess our sins. The resurrection celebration reminds us our God is making all things new. How about my spiritual life?

Do I have daily routines, rituals, and reminders to bring my conversation to God in prayer, attention to His word in study, and hands to my neighbor in service?

Have I a group in which to share your struggles, questions, joys, and revelations?

Am I enjoying prayer?

Do I sense what our good God is calling me to next – what area the Holy Spirit has been cultivating for the next season of growth? Do I have a mentor who can walk with me in this?

Who am I discipling in this season of life? Who have I witnessed to lately of the work God is doing in my life?

Lord, be with us all as we faithfully step into this next day. Receiving from you a fresh word which revives our soul. May we have eyes to see our neighbors in need and hearts to serve. May your Kingdom come and Shalom break forth. Amen!

“Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you.”

―Dallas Willard

2 Responses to “Growing in Discipleship”

  1. Springer Smith says:

    Amen! Great post and a great reminder to walk with God in all of our daily activities and responsibilities.

  2. Lauren Kempfer says:

    What a great quote from Dallas Willard. If Jesus were me (or if Jesus were you…)

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