Dimensions of Discipleship

Saturday, May 10

5-10By Greg Savage of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge…that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.…this faith community has been given abundant gifts, resources, and opportunities to equip it to become such a people…while upholding…foundational beliefs, and mission throughout the world.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a

I was attending my brother’s hospital family picnic at a park. A woman sitting near us wore a T-shirt that had the following three words on the back: Decision, Dedication, and Discipline. These “3-D” words triggered my thinking about the missing fourth “D” word: Discipleship.

To be a disciple of Christ is not simple or easy. It is not a task to take lightly. As I began to reflect on my discipleship practices, I saw a spiritual way that those 4-Ds weave with the Mission Initiatives.

Being a faithful disciple starts with a decision to become one. As we Invite People to Christ, we encourage them to decide to be a faithful disciple. It is a responsible choice to take on the mantle of Christian discipleship. We decide to focus on something worth doing as we Pursue Peace on Earth.

Dedication is step two as we covenant with God. We set apart, commit, consecrate our time, talent, and treasure to Christ-like behavior. We strive to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.

To follow through we then incorporate discipline, the practice and training that develop the character and behavior patterns to reflect Christ in our daily lives—Develop Disciples to Serve.

We do this together. We do this in community that loves, supports, and encourages one another. It is here we Experience Congregations in Mission. When decision, dedication, and discipline integrate with discipleship, a faithful Christian disciple emerges. One who sees others as children of God and companions along life’s journey.

Prayer for Peace
Compassionate God, we have much growing to do. Help us release constraints that would limit our understanding of our journey. Place peace in our vision so we may work toward it with discipline.

Spiritual Practice: Develop Disciples to Serve
Read and reflect on Psalm 42:1–2. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to respond to people and their needs. The call to journey inward can restore us in times of physical or spiritual depletion. As you feel restored, thank God you are a responding, serving disciple on your outward journey. Remember this exercise as you drink water throughout the day.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will explore all the dimensions of my discipleship.

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  1. Karen (Dudek) Sebby

     /  10 May 2014

    Thanks Greg for this post. It spoke to me…and I needed to hear this! 🙂

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