Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.”
Discipleship is not an 8-week program, an occasional small group study, a sermon series on the Great Commission or trying to be godly. Discipleship is what Jesus lived and breathed and taught and commanded us to do. Discipleship is doing what Jesus did in His ministry of power, personal transformation, and following in His footprints. Discipleship embraces Jesus’ words, Jesus’ model of taking only a handful of people committed to the process, surrendered to and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead, accountability, humility, submission, confidentiality, and a brave heart willing to live the life of Christ Jesus here and now, forsaking everything until Christ is fully formed within. Discipleship is the process wherein a person becomes Christ-like. It is living Christ deliberately.
Live Christ Deliberately.