DISCIPLE

There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. —Hebrews 5:11-14

Are you a disciple? If your answer is yes then you have to be a discipler. That is what we are called to. http://www.hlicbakersfield.org/uploads/2Timothy2-2_Discipleship_Class_Notes.pdf All a disciple does, according to Matthew 28:20, is to teach others to observe what we have been taught. If there has been a breakdown in the way we have been discipled then, unless corrected, our discipling will be faulty as well. If we are doing so at all.

In the above passage we see a problem with those who have been discipled. Those Hebrews being address were “spiritually dull” and they didn’t “seem to listen.” We are also told that they had been believers long enough that they “ought to be teaching others.” Instead they were “like babies who need milk” and could not “eat solid food.” Apparently, these believers were not observing the things they were taught and they needed “someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.” They were not disciplers at this point and they should have been!

A characteristic of a mature believer is that they are on “solid food and “through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” So, where are you and I? Are we a disciple who is discipling others? How long have we known the Lord? Shouldn’t we be discipling others by now? If not, are we being discipled to get to the point of discipling others? May we be faithful to the disciple-making process He has called us to.

Dear Father, please help me to be faithful in “teaching others to observe all things” You have taught me. I am grateful that I cannot do this alone, but that You are with me to the end! May I be a disciple-maker of those who will impact this world for Your glory and honor. May it be so!

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