148. Discipleship is a Two-Way Street

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“You know, my friend,” Stan began, “I want to thank you for all of the ways you have helped me in the time we spend together.”

“I have helped you?” I responded.  “I thought all of this time together was about you helping me.”

“No,” Stan said, “and I think that is another problem with the whole notion of discipleship.”

Continuing, he said, “I think if a mentor or one who disciples another gets to the point of thinking that he or she is just the teacher, and not also the student, that person has started heading down the wrong road.”

“Discipleship,” Stan continued. “is certainly about a more mature believer helping one who is less mature, but the whole process of maturing for both of them grinds to a halt if the one who is supposedly more mature stops maturing.”

“In our relationship,” Stan went on, “if I do not listen to you from the standpoint of wanting to know your perspective on what we are talking about, I am heading in the wrong direction.”

“It is essential for me to keep in mind that this whole discipleship thing is a two-way street!”

“If I start to view myself as sitting on the throne with all there is to say, my role as your spiritual mentor has ended.”

“I can help you, but I must always know and appreciate that you can help me also.”

Concluding, Stan said, “That is why I thank you for helping me.”

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I say to every one among you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think.  Romans 12:3.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want me to mature as a believer.  Please help me in never thinking that I know all there is to know and that there is nothing I can learn from another believer.  Growing in my knowledge of you is a life-long process that is not to end until I have taken my last breath on this side of eternity.  Please, Lord, bring before me all you want to help me in knowing you.  And please open me to hear and listen to all they have to say.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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