They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
I recently had an enjoyable afternoon with a good friend. We shopped, chatted, admired artwork at a gallery, ate lunch, savored chocolate chip walnut cookies and this was all before the best part of our day. What could be better than fresh cookies and shopping, you might ask? For us it was seeing each other’s eyes light up when we shared God’s truths and what we have learned on our individual adventures with the Lord. My wise friend had a birthday just days before. She turned 79, making her nearly 30 years my senior. But despite our age gap, we related to each other and enjoyed our time. I cherish our times together because I have decided to allow her to speak into my life to encourage, challenge and share in her eye witness accounts of the Lord’s work in her life. Over lunch she challenged my soul and made me laugh. I felt my hunger for truth multiply and I know that I am eternally changed because we ate together the bread of life.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35).
I believe that as we spent time together we were fulfilling one of God’s purposes for us, discipleship. The great commission in Matthew 28:16-20 encourages both evangelism and discipleship. Being a disciple means that you have decided to follow Jesus and you are making yourself available to others to speak into your life. Disciples are teachable & hungry to be challenged by other’s godly wisdom.
I believe it’s God’s desire that we are continually learning from others
and sharing our stories and wisdom.
Prayer and Application: Ask the Lord to increase your hunger for him and a hunger to hear the wisdom and stories of others. Seek opportunities to share your Jesus stories.
~ Cheryl Vogel
Lifegate Women, Leadership Coach
Do you currently have at least one person ‘older’ in the faith that you are allowing to speak into your life? If so, thank them today. If you don’t, pray and ask God to grant you this gift. Don’t sit and wait for it to happen. Go and ask someone to share a personal story of Jesus working in their life – it might be the start of an amazing friendship. A disciple is teachable. Take a few minutes and examine your life and heart. Do you have a teachable spirit? If not ask God to renew this in you. (Psalms 51:10-12)
Are you currently spiritually mentoring someone? If not, begin to seek opportunities to do so.
Read Proverb 4:20-27, 2 Timothy 2:2.
Listen to Big Daddy Weave ‘s song, “My Story.”