Discipleship series #15 – A Profile of a successful disciple


Discipleship series #15
A PROFILE OF A SUCCESSFUL DISCIPLE
 

By

Pastor George Lehman

 

 “The world is full of willing people:  some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”

(Like the 80:20 principle, 20% do 80% of the peoples work.)

Your success as a disciple wont come from a slack life.

 

Ephesians 4:1 (Amp) – So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behaviour-a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation.]

 

The profile I want us to look at is: – A Servant (Dienskneg)

Dictionary says: – 1)      Devoted follower (we give up our right to vote, we

                                     are De- voted)        

2)      Person willing to serve another.  (You have been bought with a price – you are God’s possession.)

Everyone really in their hearts wants to do what God says.

Everyone wants to please God (otherwise you wouldn’t be in Church now or tuned in to the media right now).

Everyone wants to be used by God.

Everyone wants to have an intimate loving close relationship with God.

I believe we all really want this for our lives – BUT!!!

Here is the difference: – This separates the church goers from true Disciples. Those who only have an interest, those who are committed.

Here the masks come off – but not so much amongst one another, but between me and God – and – me and myself.

Someone said you are mad about wearing a mask to church, but you’ve been doing it for years already!

Most people are willing to live and practice all these things above.  

“Here is the key”.

As long as it costs me nothing, I’m willing, everyone’s committed until it’s going to cost me something.

The key to a committed successful Disciple – lies in the price you are willing to pay. The sacrifices you willing to make.

The cost – David said in II Samuel 24:24 I will not offer to God that which cost me nothing. (How keen we are to offer to God everything that really costs us nothing.)

 

Luke 6:46 – 48A (NIV) – 46”Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? 47As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. I will show you what they are like. 48They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came the torrent struck that house but could not shake it because it was well built.”

Verse 48: – We have to dig – it will cost us to be a servant.

What was Jesus’ words on “Servant hood”

John 6:38(NIV) – For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

 

Jesus came to lay down His life and to serve.

He paved the way for us to follow.

 

Luke 6:40 (NIV) – The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

 

If Jesus is the Master then we are going to have to submit to His teaching and example.

I Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

 

Jesus said – John 8:28b I do nothing of myself, but as my FATHER taught me, I speak these things.

Jesus set us a clear pattern of submission to His FATHER –

 

 John 5:30 “Not my will but they will of the Father who sent me.”

 

His submission guaranteed His success.

Jesus’ success was guaranteed because His agenda was the FATHER’S agenda.

John 20:21 Then Jesus said to them again, peace to you!  [Just] as the FATHER has sent me forth, so I am sending you.

The Father sent me to serve! Now I’m sending you!

We are called to serve

Ephesians 6:7 “Serve whole-heartedly, as if you were serving the Lord not man”
Colossians 3:23 (NIV) – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

3) What if, God answered our prayers the way we answer His call to

service?

Serve means:– devoted follower a person willing to serve another.

Jesus came to show, that the “ME FIRST’ pattern so deeply ingrained in all of us can be broken.

Maybe not overnight but through a growth process.

Luke 6:40 (NIV) – The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

This is why He spent so much time teaching them a new way of living.

“MINE” became “YOURS”

“GETTING” became “GIVING”

“RULER” became “SERVANT”

“ DOWN” resulted in “UP” (Descending into Greatness)

“BITTER” became “BETTER”

“UNFORGIVING” became “FORGIVING”

 

Misconceptions (wanbegrip) about being a servant

1)      Many people serve, but they (actually serve themselves)

Why are you doing what you are doing?
Is it to get honour and praise for self, self-recognition?

Peter Block says “The choice we make is between service and self-interest” i.e. (what do I get out of the deal)

 

Matthew 6:1 Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward (reserved for and waiting for you) with and from your FATHER who is in heaven.

 

John 5:44 How can you believe if you accept praise from one another yet; make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God.

2)      I “deserve better”: –

Always want to be patted on the back, when we do things.
Seek acknowledgement: –
A person who thinks they deserve cannot serve.

Jesus said Luke 14:11 for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled (ranked below others who are honoured) or rewarded and he who humbles himself (keeps a modest opinion of himself) and behaves accordingly will be exalted.

Here’s a wonderful testimony of air show stunt pilot.

While making a huge flower in the sky, with smoke one jet went out of control.

Not to crash land on a village full of people the pilot crashed his plane in an open field with great effort.

Nobody got hurt only the pilot died.

An old man – eyewitness said the plane was coming for us – the pilot pulled it over us and crashed.  He did not eject – this man died for us – “A bit like Jesus” the old guy said – In the pilot’s wallet they found a card that said – God 1st others 2nd.  I’m 3rd.

Humility is not inferiority (Minnerwardig)
Inferiority says – I’m no good
Humility a servants heart say’s God first
Pride says me first.
We need to re look at our lives and ask ourselves are we 3rd.

We need to: –

Pray Lord help me lay down my agenda’s so that Your Kingdom can come –
May I become the servant you want me to be

 

I Corinthians 15:58 (Amp) – Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labour [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].

 

What would your profile look like tonight?

Would you fit the profile, or would you be disqualified?