I’m thinking a lot about discipleship; specifically, I’m thinking about what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus in today’s world. In fact, I’m committed to writing sort of a white paper on the subject for our group ministry at church. Maybe “white paper” sounds too fancy; it’s probably more like an article for the use of group leaders.
Jobs like this are way big in my mind. The perpetual weariness that comes with my disease makes the task seem almost overwhelming. I’m hoping for some moments of clarity and mental energy.
My study right now is in Zechariah, which doesn’t really seem like a book about discipleship, but in a way it is. Zechariah is a post-exilic prophet and he is urging the people who have come to Jerusalem to not only rebuild the temple, but also to rebuild their relationship to Yahweh. That’s discipleship, isn’t it?
Anyway, one of my commentaries this morning hit the right note:
Faith in God’s sovereignty is essential to the walk of faithfulness as we await the return of Christ. The words of the apostles in Acts powerfully express such faith for us as Christians. Fresh from persecution they “raised their voices together in prayer to God” and began with the simple cry: “Sovereign Lord” (Acts 4:23–30). May that also be our cry as the people of God.
Mark J. Boda, Haggai, Zechariah, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2004), 208. [Emphasis mine]
I love that phrase, the walk of faithfulness. I tend to say “the walk of faith”, rather than faithfulness, but Boda is right to put the emphasis on the way we live.
That, too, is discipleship, isn’t it?