Two forgotten words in discipleship

Sometimes you read something many times before it hits you. For me it was these words:

He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. Mark 3:14-15

Jesus chose twelve disciples who’d be with him and help him in his ministry.

You may have read these verses before. I had. Many times.

Yet, when I read them before, I skipped over two words. Two small, but important, words. 

With him

In his short book ‘With Him', Ken Smith shares a model for making disciples of Jesus.

The power of Smith's book isn’t in any quick fix or five point plan. Smith’s model copies how Jesus did it, drawing from those two words.

Jesus' disciples were ‘with him.' 

Being a Disciple

Christians rarely talk about making disciples any more. But discipling others is part of being a disciple (Matthew 28:19-20). 

And even when it is on the agenda, it's often reduced to a seven-week course or a catch-up every fortnight.

But Smith encourages us to look beyond this idea of discipleship and into the pattern we find in the Bible. 

Moses. David. Elijah. Paul.

The Bible’s full of older believers sharing their lives with younger believers. This includes normal people like you and me (Titus 2:3-5).

And this is what Smith encourages in his book. 

Everyday Discipleship

Serving together on Sunday. In our homes. Out shopping. We should invite younger Christians into our everyday lives.

Only here will they see the way the gospel changes not only a Bible study or evangelism opportunity but our whole lives.

This might seem a lot of work. But ask yourself: who have you learnt most from in your Christian life?

Probably the person you’ve spent most time with.