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The Impact of Discipleship

by Wally Hostetter on September 22, 2016

I received the call at 5:30 in the evening. My pastor asked me to meet him at the church so we could visit a family in their home that night. All the way there I was trembling. How could I go into a family’s home and talk to them about Jesus?  I’d only known Him for a little over a month myself.  When we walked in their front door, Pastor Davis told me to sit in the front room and tell the teenage boy on the sofa all about Jesus while he went to the kitchen and had coffee.  I did the best I knew how. The boy did not accept Jesus that night. I realize it was not my fault.  What a lesson I learned.

Dr. Robert R. Davis, my pastor, had me on a fast track of discipleship. He took me everywhere he went for over a year. We spent time in his office talking about the Lord and learning about people.  He was discipling me.  The Holy Spirit was using these times to form in me the character of Christ, especially in the areas where Pastor Davis devoted his time with me. He took me to weddings and funerals and home visits and small groups. I was invited to sit with the elders at meetings and charged with the responsibility of teaching different age groups.

My life was radically changed. I’d spent the first 28 years following my own desires. Now I wanted to be more like Christ and I longed to live life His way, not mine.  I was becoming a disciple.  But that was not enough for Pastor Davis. He wanted me to be a disciple who made disciples.  The elders suggested I go to seminary and agreed to pay the tuition each year.  They said, “You will be a discipler of men and women”.

Now, over forty years later, I look back thankfully realizing that my pastor had done the greatest thing possible for me.  He presented Christ to me and then helped form Him in my character.  The areas where time permitted and I obeyed, I found great victory from Pastor Davis’ teaching and discipleship.  The times in my life when I have struggled have been when I’ve chosen to move away from discipleship and community. I’ve tried to make it on my own.  It doesn’t work.

Let me tell you that my growth in His grace has always escalated during times when I have put myself in a discipling mindset.  And, my opportunities to effectively disciple others seem to come more frequently and successfully when I am being discipled.

What about you? Are you being discipled? Are you discipling?  Make the right move today. You never know, I might just call you at 5:30 tomorrow night to find out how it’s going.

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