The following quote by Dallas Willard – picked up over at Frank Dorion’s site made me stop and think about my own concept of discipleship.
“We need to clear in our heads about what discipleship is. My definition: A disciple is a person who has decided that the most important thing in their life is to learn how to do what Jesus said to do. A disciple is not a person who has things under control, or knows a lot of things. Disciples simply are people who are constantly revising their affairs to carry through on their decision to follow Jesus.”
It seems to be a constant learning; a constant listening; a constant putting oneself at the feet of Jesus – and then living it all out.
It strikes me that it is very much like the constant learning that goes on in a profession – if you want to keep yourself at the forefront of it. There is a lot of continuing education. There is a lot of study. In fact we have study clubs for those who really want to improve their practical knowledge or be at the cutting edge where things are most exciting and where innovations are happening. It is a lot of work but there are rewards gained in no other way than by by study, the practice of what has been learned, then the interaction with others who have been doing this thing longer who help you learn from your mistakes.
We shouldn’t expect less than this in the process of being disciples of Jesus.