God calls each and every one of us to be disciples. But what exactly does that entail? It means we encourage people toward the grace He gives us, we encourage others to grow in Him, and we also encourage others to be more like Him. What a wonderful world it would be if we ALL did this daily!
As christians, we are committed to intentionally pursue and grow to be more like Jesus everyday.
Encouraging others in their journey also part of that. We have to portray his character in all that we do as well as have the knowledge to lead others toward Him.
Here are steps to a personal discipleship plan anyone can use.
- Create goals that will help you be a better disciple. Ask yourself what areas you would like to grow in. List some of the obstacles you face in being the best disciple you can be. Then write down 3 goals you want to accomplish to be a better disciple this year. These goals can be anything from meeting with a bible study weekly to reading a chapter in your bible everyday to leading your own bible study or Sunday school class. My biggest suggestion here is to write these goals down. That way you can go back and reference them throughout the year to make sure you are meeting them.
- Think through what you already do as a disciple of Christ and what you could do better. Things like if you attend church regularly but don’t go to bible study. Or if you pray at random times but forget to some days maybe start setting aside specific time in the morning for prayer. Write these down too so you can go back and see how much you’ve grown as a disciple.
- Look for resources to help you reach your goals. Talk to your pastor, tell him or her what you’re doing and your goals to grow as a disciple of Christ. They can point you in the right direction to find books, study guides, and resources to help meet your goals. If you don’t feel comfortable talking about it the internet is a wonderful resource. Search for what you’re looking for. I’m sure there will be plenty of articles to help.
No matter where you are in your walk with Christ becoming a better disciple is essential. We have to know His word and live like Him everyday to help bring others to Him. Setting goals for yourself and making sure you continue to grow your knowledge will help you be the best disciple you can be and that’s all He asks for.
Matthew 28: 19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of an age.”