What is discipleship? In essence discipleship is adhering to, becoming like, following the example of, growing in the teachings of a master teacher. The thought of “becoming” connotes growth. The disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is to grow into His image, His example.
Everyone who has ever been converted to Christianity was born into the kingdom by the “new birth” experience. We were all babies from the beginning. Just as babies in this life have to develop, to grow, to mature, so does the Christian. How far one matures or develops is dependent upon many things. Important matters include the attitude of the individual towards growth, environment, resources, and the trials with which each of us have to face. These all work together to determine how what is divided to the individual is affected by the molding process.
For the individual Christian to grow in grace he/she must first have the desire to grow. Once we have become a Christian, according to scriptural admonitions, we are to desire growth (“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby,” 1 Peter 2:2).
We are to pray that we will be able to be over comers. Luke says “pray that ye enter not into temptation” Luke 22:40. James informs us through question and answer, “is any among you afflicted? Let him pray” James 5:13. Paul’s instruction is “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,” Ephesians 6:18. Coupled with praying is the attitude of humility and being teachable. We should be “serving the Lord with humility of mind,” Acts 20:19; “be clothed with humility,” 1 Peter 5:5; humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:6. So, for the growing maturing Christian, attitude is important.
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