Practical Discipleship | Jay Fesperman (3/3)
The fifth and final step that flows forth as a result of DISCIPLESHIP has to do with the releasing of the student. This is the point at which the teacher says to the student, “I have no more to teach you at this time. I release you to go forth and do likewise – do for others what I have done for you.” Once again it is important to note that the student recognize and initiate the step of “release”. RELEASE is initiated by the teacher. You can see then, that RELEASE can be a fearful thing if we, as men of God, are not prepared. It must be obvious that the whole process of discipleship is designed to bring a man to maturity in such a way that he can go forth and DO as his teacher has taught him.
The really important thing to see in all this is that DISCIPLESHIP is a process – a process of progress into maturity. ALL young Christians need to be led into maturity. Spend these extremely important years under the highly concentrated efforts of a man of God. The Lord did not call any of us to be “lone rangers” doing our own thing in the Kingdom-building process. Instead, He has called us to be part of a growing Kingdom of men and women who are seeking to hear what God is saying through His designated authorities. It also must be very obvious to you by now that a disciple makes the best teacher! A leader must, of necessity, first be a follower. If he has followed diligently and sought to do that which he has been asked, then one day he will hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant”, and he will be asked to step forth and lead others who need leadership, who need discipling. THAT’S HOW LEADERS ARE MADE!!
The Lord willing, we will all progress and find our place as Kingdom men and women in the Kingdom that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is raising up!
We are grateful for that timely word. The greatest need in the Body of Christ today is LEADERSHIP! Not too many people are willing to pay the price. The Church will only go as far as its leaders take it. Today, the Lord is looking for DISCIPLES to “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13).
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 6, December 1980.