Discomfort When Discipling

by | Aug 4, 2022 | Feed, Inspiration, Relational, Teaching | 0 comments

Today most try to live in such a way to avoid discomfort. When discomfort takes place, it usually is a sign to stop whatever we are doing. If we experience physical pain when exercising, we will normally stop. If we feel emotional pain in a relationship, we may do something to avoid discomfort. Yet, when taking on new challenges, discomfort can be a vital part of growth and achievement. This is especially true in discipling others.

In Matthew 28:18-20 we have a command, not a suggestion, from Jesus to all who believe in Him as Savior. It is referred to as “The Great Commission,” because it is a responsibility upon ALL believers to make disciples. This verse states:

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

This verse does not contain one thing that we can comprehend or do without the Holy Spirit. We can’t go, make, teach, baptize or anything else without being in submission to the authority spoken of in this verse. As we correctly respond to the authority of Jesus in our own lives, then and only then can we be used to disciple others.

If the truth be told, discomfort will be felt first as we shed our own fleshly ways in becoming disciples. Then discomfort can come in many ways as we face the unknown in trying to know what to say and what to do on behalf of each individual being discipled. However, the short-term discomfort will achieve long-term goals for our Lord. Remember, when taking on new challenges, discomfort can be a vital part of growth and achievement. Here are even some questions that may produce discomfort for you:
 

Some Questions:

 

  • Have you become a true disciple of Jesus Christ and have a burden to reach others for Him? What makes you feel discomfort?
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  • Do you associate mainly with those who look like, agree with, or see everything from your point of view? Are willing to feel discomfort and grow in reaching others? Are you exposing yourself to someone of a different race, political opinion, cultural or economic level to reach them (nations) for the Lord?
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  • Are you living your life in a way that focuses on what makes you comfortable or satisfied? Are you filling your own cup and not giving a drink of water to someone else who may not even know they are dehydrated spiritually?
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  • Can you say that you are going and the majority of your righteous acts are done outside of the church walls and not within?
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    We are not to fear the discomfort of the unknown in discipling others. Refusing to go to those living in sin is to withhold the light that will expel the darkness and give them an opportunity to see and receive true life in Jesus. This is just what Satan wants. So let’s go and fulfill Jesus’ desires above his.
     

    Paula is compassionately committed to biblically teach and mentor women who desire to be renewed in their minds by God’s eternal Word so their destinies will become a reality. She goes beyond sharing biblical principles to practical application for everyday living. Learn more here.

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