We have been studying Discipleship in Luke. The question of “what counts as discipleship” has risen. Does it have to be 1 on 1, or can it in a large group? When we have critical questions like this, it’s critical for us to look at Jesus’ strategy of reproducing Himself. We know that Discipleship is the end goal, yet even in his final commissioning we see him encouraging his men to achieve it by “baptizing and teaching” (Matthew 28). Both of these are activities associated within the body of Christ as a part of the Church. They are public affairs rather than private coffee shop dates. That said, it is clear that Jesus’ focus is to get close to a few. While we know that at times he had as many as 500 following him, the intentional investment ministry took place with only a few. Even in his “elite” group of 12, there were 3 that got more specified, set apart time. Our conclusion: Discipleship could easily be associated with our process of spiritual growth (Discipleship). This happens in multiple ways and in multiple facets. We should follow Jesus’ initiative though by getting close to a few, investing them in such a way that as the word says: “the disciple will become like his teacher” (Matthew 10:25).
~Deep thoughts by a shallow guy~