Many, many times our congregation have heard me say that everyone is following someone and everyone is taking someone with them. This is known as Jesus great commission. By this we mean that for all of us to continue to grow it is important that we are being discipled by someone. That someone could be a pastor, church leader, small group leader or mentor. Not only is it important for us to be discipled but not passing on what we have learnt to someone else can also stunt our spiritual growth. This is not only true of our personal & spiritual development but also skills and responsibilities we have within the church family. Who am I teaching everything I know? This is a value of our church. A word of caution however that we should under no circumstances allow ourselves to be discipled by someone who is not themselves being discipled. You should always ask!
Some find it hard to allow themselves to be discipled by others and I think this is part of our human nature and even to a degree our Aussie culture. This is not Kingdom Culture however. This difficulty should never define us as Christians. In John’s first letter to the church he makes the following very provocative statement ‘But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the spirit of truth or the spirit of deception’ 1 John 4:6. John is saying to Christians everywhere that if you won’t allow yourself to be discipled you will carry a spirit of deception. Anytime I refuse to allow Godly counsel into my life from those God appointed to lead and guide me I open myself up to the spirit of deception. For me that is a very scary thought. The trouble with being deceived has always been that you don’t know you are being deceived. In effect, I don’t know what I don’t know. The antidote to deception however has always been simple. For those following Jesus command and allowing themselves to be discipled, it isn’t a scary thought at all.