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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

First Steps of Discipleship

In review of Ephesians 4:15 it says, “God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love — like Christ in everything” (Ephesians 4:15 The Message).

In Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul tells me to lead a life worthy of my calling from God. One that is always be humble and gentle. Patient with others. Makes allowances for others faults because of my love. Be united with other followers in Spirit. To bind myself with peace. I am to continue in my unity of faith and knowledge of God's Son so that I will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. If I do so, I will no longer be immature like a child, tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. I will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ. Christ is the truth. As a follower of Christ, I must be committed to the truth. This means my words should be honest and my actions should reflect Christ's integrity.

God wants me to grow up: “We are not meant to remain as children” (Ephesians 4:14 Phillips).

My heavenly Father’s goal for me is to mature and develop the characteristics of Jesus Christ, living a life of love and humble service. I don’t want to be a follower that grows older but never grows up, stuck in perpetual spiritual infancy, remaining in diapers and booties.

Spiritual growth is not automatic; it takes an intentional commitment. I must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow, and persist in growing. Discipleship is the process of becoming like Christ, and it always begins with a decision: “‘Follow me and be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him” (Matthew 9:9 NLT).

When the first disciples chose to follow Jesus, they didn’t understand all the implications of their decision. They simply responded to Jesus’ invitation. Fortunately that’s all I need to get started: Just decide to become a disciple and follow Him. He will teach me.

Bottom Line:
God wants us to grow up, know the truth and tell it lovingly.

What this means to me:
God wants me in every way to become more like Him, to know the truth and be able to tell and communicate it in a loving manner.

In summary, I need to be intentional about leading a life worthy of my calling from Him. Be humble, gentle and patient. Cut others some slack. Be committed to the truth. My words and actions reflect Christ's integrity.

Father I want to be humble, gentle and patient. I want your truth in my life. I want to be able to speak the truth, but in a loving manner, so that It would benefit others and not deter them from you. I pray this morning Father for your continued wisdom and guidance in how I look at those things that are placed before me. Allow me to clearly think through wise plans to implement operational excellence and truly delight our clients and serve our business partners. Allow me to communicate clearly, effectively and in a loving manner. Infuse me with your leadership qualities so that I can lead those who report to me and those who work with me. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen!