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SPIRIT AND LIFE DEVOTIONALS

Day Nine

Meditation: Effective Discipleship

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Apostle Paul in verses Ten and Eleven give us the example of discipleship and how we can train under a leader and become effective in the service of the Lord.

Paul was Timothy’s mentor and leader. Timothy was Paul’s disciple. This is the kind of relationship we all need in order to grow spiritually and to mature in the hands of the Lord.

Notice carefully Paul’s statement in verse ten. He said that Timothy had carefully followed his doctrine – this refers to his teachings. A follower and disciple has to carefully follow the teachings of his leader and pastor and not only know them but teach them. Secondly Paul said Timothy had carefully followed his manner of life. This is of utmost importance in the mentoring and discipleship process. A disciple has to follow and adopt the lifestyle of his leader and mentor. And a mentor has to live his life carefully so that he becomes a godly example to those he leads. 
Paul also said that Timothy had carefully followed his purpose.
This is required for effective followership. Every assistant pastor, associate pastor, department leader in a church, every disciple and indeed every follower has to know, understand and follow the purpose of his leader. This will ensure that you achieve the same purpose. Where a follower is pursuing a purpose different from that of his leader, they will be working at cross- purposes which can not result in progress.

Apostle Paul also commended Timothy for following his faith, long suffering, love, perseverance, his persecutions, afflictions, etc. this means that Timothy had carefully observed his leader and knew in detail how he had excessive faith, endured hardships, walked in love, waited patiently through sufferings and endured persecutions and afflictions in many places. Paul said he endured persecutions and afflictions and God delivered him out of them all. Timothy followed and observed these experiences carefully. When a disciple carefully observes how his leader deals with difficult situations, he ultimately, by it, has positioned himself to be able to deal with such situations if he has to go through them.

In verse fourteen Paul further teaches us that successful discipleship and followership involves continuing in what you have learnt from your leader.  Jesus said it is those who endures to the end that shall be saved. Matthew 24:13. You must therefore never give up what you have learnt to follow after new things, emerging doctrines or methods that have not been proved or assured. Continue in the things you have learnt and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learnt them. Verse 14.

In verse fifteen Paul also points out that successful discipleship involves continuing in the Holy scriptures that you have learnt. This was the message to Timothy that he must continue in the things he had learnt both from Paul and from the Holy scriptures which he had known from childhood. As a believer you must give attention to know the scriptures because they are able to make you wise, direct your heart to salvation in Christ Jesus, they are profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness, etc. effective and successful discipleship comes through knowing and continuing in the scriptures.


Prayers

1. Pray that you will be a faithful disciple and follower of your pastor and that you will be a good example of a leader to those who look up to you
2. Ask the Lord for a right heart and attitude to carefully follow the doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, perseverance, persecutions and afflictions of your mentor, pastor and leader.
3. Ask the Lord for grace to endure persecutions as you pursue godliness
4. Ask the Lord for grace, patience and the persistence to continue in the things you have learnt from your pastor and from the holy scriptures

Faith Confession
1. I am a faithful and loyal disciple of the Lord Jesus and of my pastor and mentor.
2. I declare that I will carefully follow after my leader and that I will carefully lay godly examples for those who look up to me.
3. By the grace of God, I will continue in the things I have learnt over time form my pastor and from the scriptures. I will not be turned aside from them to new and strange teachings in Jesus name. Amen.

Memory verse
2 Timothy 3:10,14 NKJV
[10] But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, [14] But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,

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