Discipleship is NOT Mentorship.
The primary function of discipleship is not to be trained up in your specific calling or gifting. Discipleship, in its simplest sense, is training in how to follow Jesus with clean hands and a pure heart, no matter your gifting or calling. Discipleship is about developing heart and character.
Think of a parent and a child. Even though the parent may not have the same giftings and talents as the child, the parent is still responsible to teach that child how to live life before God, properly and effectively. Consider if that child decided to think that the parent was trying to rob them of something, or if they thought the parent wasn’t *sufficient enough* in certain skill sets to train them up. What a mess, right?
We have an opportunity to pioneer real discipleship within the Church in this season. This kind of discipleship is not something new. It’s a return to what discipleship was always intended to be, according to Jesus’ commissioning when he said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) . Jesus commanded us to teach people to follow Him, without reference to their level of gifting, calling or skill sets. Following Jesus well comes first. Training in how to steward one’s gifts, talents and skill sets comes second.
You need solid discipleship before you need a mentor. You don’t want to confuse getting fat on mentorship with being discipled well. So if you’re ready to press into this discussion around why you want discipleship first — and what you really need next instead of mentorship — grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
Matthew 28:19-20 —
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Proverbs 22:6 —
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Romans 11:29 —
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode
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Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.