This was the discipleship walk of the first disciples, paraphrased from Matthew 4:18-22.
It is startling how invested they were in their discipleship - their apprenticeship in the way of Jesus - from day one. The cost is almost everything they own and love. Their boats and nets, their family and friends; it’s all left behind. It is a challenge to us today, when we can so easily just go along to Church, dip into a small group, or be involved in Christian Union and consider that quite enough Jesus for one week. How invested are you in your learning from Jesus? Does it cost you something? Abit of money, quite a lot of time, that last relationship?
For the first disciples, it cost everything, up to (and including) their very lives.
Four ways to invest in your discipleship:
- Take a rest day. Yes, it might seem utterly illogical for getting work done, but is your discipleship worth more to you than your work? Plus, I (and many others) have found that a day of rest means you work better on the other days. But that's not a reason to do it - the importance of allocating that time for worship and rest is.
- Buy resources for your bible reading/prayer time. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve dismissed a 30 bible reading plan because it costs £2.99, and then bought a pint that evening for £3.50. Buying lots of expensive resources is not a way to a good prayer life, but investing a small amount can help. Where your money is, there your heart is also. It's worth saying however, that there are also lots of good free ones - check out the Bridgetown Church podcast.
- Get plugged into Church. Take up the offer of a mentor, commit to small group every week, take notes on the sermon and review them midweek. It will cost you time, but it will be worth it.
- Book on the 18-30s weekend away. The temptation to ignore the weekend away incase something better comes up is strong...I know. But if you take discipleship seriously it will occur to you that spending 3 days praying, worshipping, and resting is really good use of time and money. Does that only have to be on the 18-30s weekend away? No. But be honest with yourself, if you didn’t go, would you actually spend that time in prayer or rest? And if money is an issue, please do speak to a member of the student team. You can book - with/without deposit or full payment here.