One thing I really want to get my head wrapped around this next year is how I would describe discipleship to someone. This would help me be a better disciple and discipler. My dad and I had a conversation the other night about what discipleship is and this is where I’ve landed for now:
Discipleship is the process of becoming more like Jesus.
I would add that it cannot fully happen outside of community.
But first, can we truly ever be like Jesus? I think this question is answered in 2 Corinthians 3:18.
New Living Translation
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
English Standard Version
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.
Answering one question
With that as my base, over the next year I want to pour myself into one framing question. How do we become more like Jesus?
How does someone who has been abused become more like Jesus? How does a single mother become more like Jesus? What does it look like for a student to become more like Jesus? What does it look like for someone who has been burned by someone in the church to become more like Jesus? How do we cross-culturally and missionaly become more like Jesus? For myself, how do I become more like Jesus. For you, how do you become more like Jesus?
These are questions that I at least want to have notions of answers for in the next year and this is why: Too many have built churches expecting disciples to be the result. The truth is that we need to focus on building disciples to end up with a healthy church. We’re told to go out and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, teaching them the way of Jesus and it couldn’t be any clearer than this. If it doesn’t start here then we’ve probably missed the point.
I also want to write a book
For the last few years, I’ve had on my heart to write a book called Tearing the Veil. I’m going to start on it this year. You can keep up with what I’m doing at tearingtheveil.com and twitter @tearingtheveil (These really are not active right now). I’m not going to let everything out of the bag here, but if you treat me to coffee I’ll give you more details.
Just maybe I can pull this off the back burner this year.