[okay, I don’t really like the suits visual for disciplemaking, too formal and very male but the nurturing/watering motif is right on — this applies to men, women, children, youth, anyone!!]
What do you look for in a co-worker or a disciple of Jesus to train to do what you do?
Let’s say that you have only a limited time to train someone to become the new you, to take over your responsibilities. (realistically you do) And you want them to be great!
Really, you want them to do such a terrific job that people would even say they’re better at it than you were. That’s amazing if it ’s true.
And we should always be trying to work ourselves out of a job. Making disciples who make disciples is an ever expanding process.
Why do that?
Because you care about the job/ministry/mission. It’s not just a job but it’s a mission or ministry you believe in wholeheartedly. And you don’t know what a day, month or year holds. You could be out of ministry due to calamity or a life change.
So, what do you look for?
Close Relationship with God?
All of those are good. I’d say a close and growing relationship with God is #1.
Jesus was always saying things like “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15) or “remain in me” or “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength”(Mark 12). He called for obedience but even more so He called for devotion that would fuel and connect everything we do to God. And He did connect obedience with love — if you love you will obey.
Look at Paul talking about our need to discover how wide and long and high and deep is the love of God?! (Ephesians 3:18) Same deal — a deep and growing relationship with God.
So, what is your ministry? In what context are you making disciples of Jesus?
Think how this can apply in your context. It can!
How can you help them to take what you can do and run with it?
Here’s 5 ways to encourage and nurture their faith.
Pray for them and their relationship with God. (always #1 is praying, that brings in the Holy Spirit and we’ve got nothing if we don’t rely on the Spirit)