The last several days I’ve tried to take you through the marks of discipleship. They don’t matter much on paper or in cyberspace. What makes a difference is the practice of these marks in real life. We are saved by faith through God’s grace but faith naturally produces the fruit of grace. These fruits are observable, measurable, actionable, and reproducible. You can learn them and teach them.
G enerosity of spirit; R elationships that are nutritious; O bserving where God is at work and joining that work; W orshiping weekly with the community of faith – GROW as a disciple. Then P ray daily and regularly; R ead the Scriptures that help us understand how God is still communicating every day; A tittude shift from you to others; Y earn to know God more.
G.R.O.W. – P.R.A.Y. I like to use these little word clues to help me keep on track – to simplify memorization. We need to put the marks of a disciple into action in our daily life. God will take over and make the changes when we grow and pray.
Consider this – what signs of spiritual growth are you detecting in your life? I will ask some questions tomorrow that will get you thinking over the weekend. I’ll also share a few books to read that can really get you thinking about faith in a new way.
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3:17