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How to be a disciple, Part 1: The seeking heart

I’ve used this blog to talk a lot about how to disciple others, but I’ve not said much about how to actually be a disicple.  So, I’m going to take the next four blogs to describe essential characteristics of one who desires to be discipled. To be a disciple of Jesus, you usually have to be…
By Seth Barnes

I’ve used this blog to talk a lot about how to disciple others, but I’ve not said much about how to actually
be a disicple.  So, I’m going to take the next four blogs to describe essential characteristics of one who desires to be discipled.

To be a disciple of Jesus, you usually have to be the
disciple of one of his followers. To
follow well, you need the right posture.Your posture is the outward expression of your inward attitude. The typical posture of a Jesus follower is a
slouch. It’s nonchalant spirituality.

I’ve described the four criteria of a good disciple: faithful, available, seeking, and
teachable. A person who has these is
postured for growth. The first posture
of a disciple is that they are seeking help.

It would be nice if they were seeking God himself or seeking
to be discipled, but at a minimum, they have to be seeking help. The Bible is full of exhortations that we
should seek God. Everyone seems to love
Jer. 29:11, but I love one two verses later, “You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart.”

Some Presbyterians take the sovereignty of God concept and
conclude that God’s grace is so irresistible that you might as well sit back
and enjoy the ride. But such a
perspective results in a certain spiritual impotence. God clearly wants hot-hearted seekers.

As a discipler, you can’t give a person what they aren’t
looking for. This is why Sunday school
is such a waste of time for so many teenagers.
Better to dismiss everyone except for those truly looking to grow in
Christ.

For those seeking Jesus with all their hearts, they’ll find
him. And I maintain, they’ll find him
most helpfully in older, wiser believers.

Continued in: How to be a disciple, Pt. 2

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