Discipleship is the building block of every successful church, small group and move of God around the world. It may look different in the place people meet, the times and days and length of meeting but the essential ingredient is the same – people talking and doing life together, learning about how to follow Jesus. One important element is curiosity.
“Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them. They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).”
John 1:38-41 NLT
These fishermen followed Jesus because they have heard so much about him and they were curious. John had told them about him. They wondered what he would be like. Who was this Lamb of God? When the disciples followed Jesus, the journey with him began because something deep in their heart attracted them to follow him, there was a curiosity about who is Jesus was, what he was destined to do. They heard about his great love; and they heard about his birth and his miraculous conception. As they came to the place where Jesus lived, they decided to stay with him and began the journey of discipleship. This was a journey where they would learn so much from Him. It was a journey where they came gradually to the place of surrender. Along the way there were times when they were challenged, times when they were offended, times when they were upset with each other. In spite of all these challenges they stayed because they saw in Jesus the hope of a new life.
When we live out our new lives in Jesus with passion and authenticity, people around us will get curious. What is this Jesus stuff all about? Is there really a God? Can I know Him? They might ask you a question…. Discipleship has begun. Every disciple is a learner and all learners ask questions. The question for you now is will you lay down your life for your disciples and take them on a journey to find Jesus?
- Craig Anderson