I don’t think I can do that… I’m not a leader. These are the words that were spoken to me as I took up the challenge of mentoring a small group of guys almost one year ago.
Discipleship is something that the Lord placed on my heart about a year and a half ago. When I tell friends and family what exactly I mean by discipling people, it comes down to something really simple: learning from Jesus’ teachings, just like the church in Acts. Yet, it sometimes can be difficult for people when thinking about these things in their modern cultures or their day to day routine.
Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
It’s often hard to devote yourself to something; our current culture is impatient and seeks after quick fixes. Taking the time to develop healthy habits and absorb difficult thoughts and ideas isn’t something we easily give our time to. Because of this, I’ve noticed that taking the time to devote yourself to others creates a rather large and lasting impact on people. The group of men I mentored in Taiwan quickly recognized my devotion to them, and in turn were much more willing to devote themselves to Jesus’ teaching. One example of this was when a group member felt “ill” and wasn’t wanting to come to our weekly hangout. Most of us knew this illness was probably because he’d stayed up too late the night before, so I grabbed a cup of tea and took the rest of the group to our sick friend’s home. My intent was to show how important I thought our hangouts were and that I valued each one of them so much I’d leave our normal meeting place just to make sure everyone was there! Leading by example, right? It is now my goal to see these men grow from being disciples that are looking to grow themselves to disciples that are looking to grow others.
My approach hasn’t always been perfect, but in leading by example and always going back to the Word of God for His perfect example, I believe we can all be leaders, growing disciples of Jesus day in and day out, throughout the nations.