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Selecting Disciples: the FAST way

Some new disciples grow at a faster rate than others. Those that grow fastest possess the following biblical FAST characteristics. The first is that they will be Faithful. That is, they w ill follow through on the direction they’ve been given. Here’s what Jesus said about it: “Well done, my good…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Some new disciples grow at a faster rate than others. Those that grow fastest possess the following biblical FAST characteristics.

The first is that they will be Faithful. That is, they w ill follow through on the direction they’ve been given. Here’s what Jesus said about it: “Well done, my good and faithful servant!’ his master replied. “Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of five cities.'” Luke 19:17

We waste too much time throwing “pearls before swine.” Eager to invest in people, we impart truth and spend time without pausing to consider whether or not the person we are giving our time to will ever follow through on what we’ve given them to do. Ultimately, when we’ve been repeatedly disappointed by those who were unfaithful, we can begin to lose heart and decide it’s not worth the effort.

Available

Available on a regular basis; periodically for longer times.

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2

Look for those who will show up. If you have to compete for your disciple’s attention, you have to wonder if he or she really wants to grow bad enough. If you’re going to make them a priority on your schedule, the least they can do is to reciprocate. Simple logistics may complicate discipleship. Scheduling or distance factors need to be taken into account before either person makes a commitment.

Seeking

Eager to know God – motivated.

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” Matthew 9:27

The first thing we as disciplers can verify in a would-be disciple is that they are seeking discipleship. That eagerness will be the thing that tips you off that you may have a potential disciple on your hands. How many hours are wasted in places like Sunday School where people meet together out of a sense of obligation or routine?

Teachable

Can be led in new and sometimes difficult directions.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24

Because change is difficult, even the two of you working together may struggle to produce it. It pays, therefore, to check and make sure that your disciple is truly committed to grow. When you give him or her advice, how will they receive it? Will it be, “Thanks, but no thanks”? or will they say, “Thank you – now what do you suggest that I do this next week to implement that in my life?”

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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