Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Colossians 1:28

Discipleship is personally transferring the full dimensions of your relationship with Christ to the person you are walking with. It is not the imparting of spiritual disciplines as much as it is acquainting another with a Person you love. Paul said that he would teach and urge with all his strength that every person God placed in his life would come to a complete experience of the person of Christ (Col. 1:29). He was not satisfied with people becoming partially like Christ. He would not rest until those around him were perfect, or complete, in Christ. That is, that the fruits of the Spirit were being fully expressed through each life and the character of Christ was reflected in each person (Gal. 5:22).

We can mistake Christian activity with becoming like Christ. Christian activity and Christlikeness are not the same things. We must not assume that because our friend attends church and reads her Bible, she is growing as a Christian.

Christian activities are an important expression of your relationship with Christ. They can lead you to a relationship, but the danger is assuming that your religious activity is the relationship. If you are only encouraging those around you to attend Christian activities, then you have not “discipled” them the way Paul did. You do your fellow Christians an injustice by teaching them that Christian activity is equal to Christian maturity. Do not rest until those around you have become “perfect” in Christ. If God has put new Christians under your care, you have an obligation to “stay with them” until they have reached Christian maturity.

  1. April 29

    This is a clear mission statement concerning how to lead those am in relationship with. I should not only encourage them to participate in religious activities, but disciple to have relationship with Christ.

    • April 29

      How do I know I have a relationship with Jesus… A true, personal and intimate relationship.. one that can hear his voice, his guidance…

      I believe that I do… I’m asking Him to let me know…

      I hope the above makes sense…

      I love my Lord and Savior with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul and all my strength…

      • April 29

        Hi Jack, great question! Henry Blackaby pointed out in Experiencing God the Lord speaks by the Holy Spirit primarily through the Bible, Prayer, Circumstances, and the Church to reveal Himself, His purpose, and His ways. Jesus said we must be Born Again or we cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven, and He also said My sheep know my voice and another they will not follow. Thus, if we are Born Again we are capable of hearing God and seeing His activity around us, and as we respond to His revelation/invitation to join our lives to Him we become very attuned to His voice thereby coming to know assuredly we have a vibrant life-giving interactive relationship with Jesus. I truly hope this is helpful. Godspeed.

  2. April 29

    As none of us come “ready made” as disciples of Christ, it behooves us all to remember that we are yet “working out what God has worked in” us. The process of discipleship is life long, and as we continue traveling this path in Christ we discover that there are yet entire areas of our lives undiscipled. Thank you for the reminder that “activity does not equal maturity” and how important it is to “stay with” the newbies.

  3. April 30

    Yes, it is an injustice to teach fellow Christians that

    Christian activity = Christian Maturity.

    The two are definitely not the same, and we need to be growing in the Spirit as a Christian.

    Yes, we need to do like Paul did, and not be satisfied with people becoming partially like CHRIST, but become complete in CHRIST.

    How to be complete in CHRIST

    🎖️/Fruits of the SPIRIT are being fully expressed through each life
    🎖️/Character of CHRIST is being reflected in each person

  4. April 30

    Amen

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