How to keep growing fast in Christ: path to discipleship (1)

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2 chronicles15:1-15

The disciples of Jesus Christ when He was on earth were the set of people he chose to continue the broadcast of the gospel of the kingdom of Heaven after His death. According to the Bible, he chose the twelve, then the seventy, and many more than the seventy.

And even among the twelve, He chose a close three, Peter, James and John. The works of the disciples were to follow him, learn from him, get expository meaning to hidden parables, grow to maturity and continue the work after His death. And taking a close look at the Old Testament, the lives of these disciples, and beyond, we can reach a conclusion on some criteria God desires of his disciples. If we keep these steps, then and only then can we make good disciples of Jesus Christ.

1. Do not slack your hands

Taking our study from the beginning of Jesus’s selection of His disciples, we would notice that none of the disciples Jesus called was idle. Peter, Andrew, James and John were professional fishermen, they worked all night. Matthew was a tax collector; you should understand that being a tax collector is no job for a loafer. Even though Jesus didn’t look for highly qualified personnel to fill the space of His disciples, he carefully selected those who were diligent in doing their jobs.

The reason is this; if you are too slothful to work for yourself, you will be too lazy to work in God’s vineyard. Even when Jesus chose his last, Paul, he was on his way to Damascus to victimize the disciples, very hardworking.

The book of 2 chronicles 15: 7 says

‘Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.’

The ways of the Lord is constant, it never changes. God had told Adam to keep the Garden of Eden before he made Eve. It was after He made Eve that he told them to be fruitful and multiply. Why? There is no fruitfulness and no multiplication without work.

It was like this to the time of Moses, he was keeping the flock of his father-in-law when God called him out of the burning bush. Gideon was in the winepress, though troubled but yet working, when God called him. And we can go on and on, examining the lives of those that God had called and that have carried out his work successfully. Even Saul, who seemed later to be a failure, was busy looking for the lost ass of his father. David was keeping sheep in the field.

The Point

The point we are trying to make is this, do not slack your hand if you want God to truly use you, neither can you get any blessing from God with a slothful hand. Even if God would send you to get a coin from a fish’s mouth, you must be a worthy fisherman like Peter. Learn to work and start working, God is not interested in a goldbricker.

The first criterion to being a certified disciple of Jesus Christ and a worthy believer is to be diligent in whatever you do. God wants you to have to pay a prize for his call, not use you because you have nothing to do. And now that you are a called disciple, do not yet slack your hand. Find something doing for the Lord; the kingdom of God is at hand. The devil is always looking for idle hands; because an idle hand is an idle destiny.

1 Corinthians15: 58 says

‘Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the LORD.’ KJV

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Inioluwa Olaposi is a believer, blogger, and more. He is a 300L student of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He founded PRINCIOLOGY.COM in 2018.

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