This might seem like a no brainer, but the key to sharing life is ACTUALLY SHARING YOUR LIFE. That's right, one of the biggest practical tips that I can give you in living out relational discipleship is learning to live an integrated life. This is an essential part of following the Jesus way of disciple making.
I sat in the booth of a local burger joint a bit confused. I was a senior in high school and a leader from my youth group was trying to speak into my life. But what he said didn't make sense to me at that moment. It still doesn't today.
He told me that he had been accidentally discipling me. I have to admit that I was pretty unfamiliar with the concept of discipleship, but it just didn't sound like something that should be done accidentally. Making disciples should happen with intentionality. It is part of living life on purpose.
“We need to establish some healthy boundaries.”
Have you ever experienced one of these conversations? Whether you were the initiator or the recipient, these chats are often difficult. In fact, I would say that many people are terrified by the thought of having an uncomfortable conversation with someone they are discipling. That is why it can seem easier to settle for the more distant, safe confines of programs and formulas.
Discipleship is never a program!
If you are like most people I talk to, you want to follow Jesus and make a difference. You know that another program won't work, but are looking for some way to make a real impact. In this short series of blog posts, I am excited to share some of what I have learned about making a difference by investing in a few people.