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How to fish – seeing candidates with the eyes of faith

My Mom is the best discipler I’ve known. She would find candidates all over the neighborhood – women struggling, just trying to find their way in life. Her willingness to risk has set a good example for me – next week she and my 72 year-old Dad leave for Afghanistan for a month [To which I say, …
By Seth Barnes

My Mom is the best discipler I’ve known. She would find candidates all over the neighborhood – women struggling, just trying to find their way in life. Her willingness to risk has set a good example for me – next week she and my 72 year-old Dad leave for Afghanistan for a month [To which I say, “bravo!”]

A lot of being a spiritual coach is about risking – seeing with the eyes of faith. When you start, you take a potential disciple who’s raw and perhaps full of vinegar and you look at them in their sinful state and wonder, “How in the world is this person ever going to begin to live for Christ?” It may seem impossible to you.

But as you close your physical eyes and begin to see with the eyes of faith, you see that child of God as the Father intended them to be: regenerated and strong – a mighty warrior! And you pray accordingly. You pray abundant life into that person. And then, one day, lo and behold, you look back, and they really have begun to look like what you saw with your spiritual eyes, the eyes of faith.

Although I never understood my Mom’s discipling ministry (she was very discreet about it) until I’d grown up, frequently, she’d be involved in helping her acolytes work through big life crises. One lady was going to walk out on her philandering husband that day and my Mom got her to serve one last romantic meal to him – an act of service that broke his pride.

So if to be a good discipler one of the first requirements is to have eyes of faith, how do we acquire such eyes? Or better put, how do we improve our faith vision? The first step is to stop relying on our physical eyes so much. We don’t just see our disciples as they are, but we look for how God wants to work in their lives.

Today you have an opportunity to begin seeing with the eyes of faith. Look at your friends. Who among them is interested in growing spiritually? Would they meet with you once a month to start? Would they be open to an intentional phone call periodically? Would they even allow you to coach them some and ask an occasional probing question?

If so, that person meets the requirement. All of us are just potential disciples of Jesus until we really begin walking with him anyway. The idea is to get permission from people to show them how to walk. And don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to get this permission.

See the “How to Disciple” topic on my blog for more on this topic.

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