If you’re going to make a disciple, presumably you’re going to teach ’em something. So what are you thinking about teaching them? I’m of the opinion that if you want to have a lasting effect on someone, the best thing you can do is change their behavior; more to the point, you create some new habit that will stay with them for a long time, like having a quiet time: reading the Bible and some devotional and then talking and listening to God for a few minutes early in the morning each day. If you don’t do anything but that, and it sticks, it’ll have a profound effect on their lives forever after.
But let me tell you. It’s not easy to get people started on a new habit, even if it’s short; even if it gives them a whole new outlook on life; even if it changes their hearts and eventually changes their lives. I’ve talked to my kids (I have four) about this subject on repeated occasions, and so far two have really gotten it. I’m still waiting, and hoping, and praying that they will get it and keep it forever. But it just doesn’t work to brow-beat them about it. Some days I think repetition is the key. On a good day, maybe they’ll say “Yes, I’ll do it.” But it’s easy to fall off the wagon, even when you’ve been doing it for a long time. I know that from experience, so I’m pretty unjudgmental about how, where, and when they have a quiet time. The really great thing is, God is working! He’s moving in their lives, even when I’m not looking.
Once again, powerful advice for anyone. I’m living proof! Making up one’s mind is great when wanting to make anything a habit…..but prayer, devotion and persistence is always helpful. Never give up, the reward will be worth it! Amen?
Amen and Amen! We seldom know what God is doing; except that He’s doing us good, even when it doesn’t look like it. He’s moving in those around us, even when we think otherwise. Thank you so much for your comments. Tex