For some years I have pondered the question of
discipleship. I have to confess, discipling others has been something of a mystery to me. I know the theory, but have always
had questions about it.
Discipling someone is usually portrayed as helping a baby in
Christ towards maturity. Maybe my questions are because I became
a Christian on my own at age 11 from reading a book and didn’t really know any
other Christians for many years.
Yet the Holy Spirit kept me.
Would I have benefited from some further instruction? Undoubtedly! But during those years on my own, I grew in Christ, having only
the Bible and the Holy Spirit to help me mature. (I’m not even sure where I gathered the idea that the Bible
was important—the Holy Spirit maybe?)
So my question is this? Is the process of "making disciples" literally introducing someone to a life of following Jesus (hearing and obeying him), and sharing life will help them to grow, or is "making a disciple" a much longer process that only ends when a person is mature. I'd be interested to know what you think.