Are We Discipling Men and Women, or Boys and Girls?
I’ve been a part of the youth ministry for already five years, and have been a student-volunteer and a disciple-maker for three years. In those fruitful years, I’ve seen two kinds of disciples: Those whose spiritual growth have continuously increased, and those whose growth have been hindered or whose walk seems to be going nowhere.
If you are a disciple-maker, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. That’s why I entitled this blog Are We Discipling Men and Women, or Boys and Girls?, for we are either discipling men and women who are maturing in the faith, or boys and girls who remain spiritual infants, or who, at one point, reverted back to being spiritual infants.
When we encounter disciples who belong to the latter group, we are usually puzzled. Admittedly, I’m also puzzled. As a disciple-maker, seeing this kind of disciples, whether under or outside my care, pains me. The simple question is: What should we do?
Ultimately, it is God who causes the growth in our disciples (1 Corinthians 3:7). But I believe that we—disciple-makers—play an instrumental role in our disciples growth, especially that we bear the task of equipping them in life and ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Below are some questions we could consider. If ever we fall short in one of them, we can make adjustments.
1. Are our disciples loving God with all of their heart, with all of their soul, with all of their mind, and with all of their strength? (Mark 12:30)
2. Are they loving their neighbors as themselves? (Mark 12:31)
3. Are they meditating on God’s word day and night? Are they in obedience to it? (Joshua 1:8, John 14:15)
4. Are they having a rich prayer life? (Matthew 7:7-8, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
5. Are they sharing the gospel and making disciples? (Matthew 28:18-20)
6. Are they serving in ministries or in your local church? (Mark 9:35, 10:44-45; Galatians 5:13-14)
7. Are they living victoriously over sin and temptations, pursuing holiness? (1 Peter 1:14-16)
8. Are they setting the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity? (1 Timothy 4:12)
9. Are they doing all things, from the seemingly mundane to the obviously significant, for the glory of God? (1 Corinthians 10:31)