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Our culture admires a good multi-tasker. When we look at discipling we see that our well-ordered and logical God is the best example of multi-tasking.

Frankly, the term “discipling” can put most of us off. When you first heard this word, did you want to run right out and find someone to disciple? I didn’t. Perhaps it is because the word itself connotates discipline, not only for someone else, but for you, too. And discipline is not what we usually desire. It also infers commitment. If we don’t start it then we don’t have to worry about sticking with it, right?

But God made this commandment (note, not suggestion) through His Son in Matthew 28:19 easy for us. God takes the fear out of the discipline and the commitment of discipling by making it part of our daily lives. The verse says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”  The word “GO” here is simple in the Greek, it simply means “as you walk or journey,” or, “as you go.”

Hanging out with someone as you do life isn’t something to fear is it? May I suggest neither is discipling? The command to disciple was made to be a natural part of life; just intentionally doing your days with someone else as you go. After all, we are doing that anyway… aren’t we?

So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.                           1 Thess. 5:11 ncv

Encourage us (1 Thessalonians 5:11): Spend some time considering what, or who, is keeping you from discipling today. What is that?

Submitted by Angela Clevenger

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