Reason #32 - It Helps The Church Produce True Disciples
“With my authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: “There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me.” (Luke 24:47)
What is a disciple? A follower, a seeker, someone that is striving to live a holy, Christ-like life. One of the best traditional hymns of the church that conveys this message of holiness and discipleship is “Take Time To Be Holy.” The hymn, which was written by William Longstaff back in 1882, carries a simple, straight forward message of what holiness and discipleship meant to him. The first verse of the hymn conveys that message without flowery words and phrases. In the simple words of a man who had experienced firsthand what it meant to be a true disciple, he wrote these words:
Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always,
And feed on His word.
Make friends of God’s children;
Help those who are weak:
Forgetting in nothing
His blessing to seek.
Disciples are not perfect. They haven’t totally “made it” as a Christian. They are seeking God’s guidance and His will as they strive to be and do their very best for Him. Would you call yourself a disciple? Remember, one of the best places to grow in your discipleship quest is in Sunday school.
Questions To Think About: Do you consider yourself to be a true disciple of Christ? How do the words of the hymn above relate to being a true disciple?
Prayer Suggestions: Pray for the general needs of your Sunday school (volunteers, money, etc.).
A Call To Action: Visit your local Christian bookstore to find a good inspirational book or DVD that you can give to a friend.