2 Peter 1:12, “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.”
Some members in the church believe that when the discipleship program and classes end, that discipleship ends. Not only that, but some pastors even believe that once they graduate Bible college or work in a big church they no longer need training and accountability.
However, Peter in the above passage said the exact opposite. Even though at the time of his writing the disciples knew much, if not all of what he was teaching, Peter was still committed to “always” reminding them of these things.
On one hand, we as disciples should always be growing and be able to eat steak and not just suckle milk from a bottle. However, on the other hand, we shouldn’t get so prideful as to think we don’t need to be taught the Word of God and trained in it.
I can attest to being an avid student of the Word of God. As a pastor, I spend on average 2-3 hours a day in private study of God’s Word. I have also earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from a renowned Seminary and teach biblical studies for an undergrad college. At the same time, I am also very aware of my limitations and tendency to forget what I have already learned.
Therefore, I consistently stay in accountable relationships with other pastors and teachers. Each one of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, thus we help each other grow. My strength is apologetics and integrity. Others may have the strength of compassion and pastoral care. So when we spend time together we truly can disciple one another and each grow in our walk with God.
I challenge you for the rest of your life to be in discipleship-based relationships with other disciples. Stay accountable, learn from others, be willing to change, and always be open to godly correction, Proverbs 9:8-9. If you do these things you will be safeguarded against a cold heart and an ineffective faith.
Are you willing to be a life long disciple of Christ?
- Repent if you have taken being Jesus’ disciple too lightly.
- Prayerfully consider the practical ways you can remain a disciple for the rest of your life; accountability, on going classes, iron sharpening friendships, etc.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to send you humble and dedicated disciples to grow with.