Over the weekend, I had the joy and privilege of leading a seminar at Mission Fest Seattle held at Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, WA.
I shared my journey with Acts 8 Ministries, particularly how God is transforming the lives through the process I call discipleadership.
Discipleadership is a journey of discovering and living out our true identity in Christ (the new self). To be honest, it is nothing new. However, at least in my spiritual journey, I feel that this has been the missing link between the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment." (Mt 22:37-38).
The Great Commandment is about loving God. To love God fully, we need to know Him intimately. It is about who God is. However, inevitably who God is shapes who we are. Our love-relationship with God defines our identity.
"And a second one is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:38-39)
Love your neighbor as yourself. We cannot love our neighbors as God commands us to love them if we don't know who we are and how to love ourselves well.
Discipleadership is about discovering, learning and embracing who we truly are in Christ (by the grace of God, I might add!). Therefore, this journey is intimately related to the Great Commandment.
The Great Commission is about our mission. It is initiated by the Lord and begins by our coming together (Matt 28:16). Our work is preceded by worship (v.17). The Great Commission is about what we do. It is also what Jesus is doing in the world (v. 20).
It commands us to make disciples of all nations (v. 19). That means to lead others as we follow Jesus. We disciple others as we are being discipled by the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:1; 2 Timothy 2:2). In other words, unless we know who we are, we won't be able to disciple others well because truly effective discipleship flows out of our true self.
Discipleadership is spiritual multiplication. It is not only our personal journey but also walking with others who are in the same journey.