1 Thessalonians 3
More examples of discipleship. I saw a quote last week that has really been working on me. Discipleship is not a program. Programs are scheduled time to do particular things that may or may not aid in discipleship.
Discipleship is specific to each person and what they need in the moment of their walk with Jesus. Of course it can have structure and plans but it adjusts to what life throws at you. Most of all it requires intentionality.
Paul longed for news about the faith and love of those in Thessalonica. He finally sent Timothy to check on them, face to face. We must do the same. Paul could have sent a letter asking them to send a letter in response to hear about them. But he didn’t.
Ask a fellow brother or sister in Christ how their faith and love for Christ is. When they say “good” like most people, ask them what they mean by good. You don’t have to push like this every time you see them but be intentional to do so often. And when you do, keep pushing and asking questions until you get to the bottom. Don’t let them hide behind generalities.
11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you,
12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,
13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. – 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
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