Author - César Muñoz

"So why am I running from the one I need the most? I keep running going back to what I know.”

Hello friends! I have missed writing this blog a lot more than I thought I would. We got back from our Christmas/New Year break about two weeks ago. Over the break, I spent lots of time reading, hiking, driving all over, picking up new hobbies, and seeing lots of friends & family! I hope you had a good holiday season as well. Now and we are finally getting back into a rhythm! And with that, let's jump into this week's topic!

"A disciple submits to a leader who teaches others to follow Jesus."

What does this look like for me? Well, a major part of my personal faith, is discipleship and the importance of it. Discipleship at it's core is submitting to a leader who, in turn, teaches yourself and others to submit to and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. This reciprocal relationship is a vital part of Christian growth and community building, pulling inspiration from the scripture found in the Bible that build the foundations to guide us as believers in our spiritual walk.

A key scripture that puts emphasis on the importance of discipleship is Matthew 28:19-20, also known as the Great Commission. In these verses, Jesus is speaking with His disciples and instructs them saying: 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.

This charge from Jesus highlights both sides of discipleship - making disciples and teaching them to follow Christ's commandments.

The relationship that we see between a disciple and a leader mirrors the mentor-disciple dynamic that we see all throughout the stories in the Bible. Jesus, as the ultimate example, invested His time and wisdom into His disciples, shaping them into leaders who could teach others just as He had taught them. This process shows the very essence of submitting to a leader who, in turn, imparts the teachings of Jesus.

In John 13:15, Jesus says, I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. This sets the standard for discipleship as a cyclical process of learning and passing on the knowledge received to future generations.

A disciple’s submission to a leader is not an act of blind obedience. It is rooted in the understanding that the leader is aligning with the teachings of Jesus. The Apostle Paul, in his letters to various churches, often stressed the significance of following leaders who follow and uphold biblical principals. in 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul urged the believers, Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. Here, Paul acknowledges the importance of leaders modeling their lives after Christ and encourages disciples to emulate this example.

Discipleship involves intentional relationships where leaders guide and teach, while disciples willingly submit to this guidance. This submission is not about relinquishing personal responsibility but rather embracing a heart of humility and learning and growing. Ephesians 4:11-12 emphasizes the role of leaders in equipping the saints for the work of ministry, fostering a community where everyone contributes to the body of Christ.

The transformative power of discipleship has played a major role in my life and my spiritual walk. It creates this ripple effect that grows and matures under the guidance of faithful leaders. This reproducing cycle lines up with the Biblical charge to make disciples who make disciples. The Apostle Paul says it beautifully in 2 Timothy 2:2, saying, And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. This verse perfectly encapsulates the essence of discipleship as a continuous legacy of passing on the teaching of Jesus through intentional relational investment.

In short, discipleship is a dynamic process that involves submission, learning, and intentional reproduction, creating a vibrant community of believers committed to following after Christ.
With that, I want to ask how you have been discipled in your life? And are you contributing to this cycle of discipleship by pouring that knowledge into others who will do the same? As I bring this blog to a close I am so thankful for the opportunity to write this post and I pray it was encouraging and a blessing to you. The song for this post is Running by Land of Color. Thank you so much for reading!

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