I’m referring to discipleship – true, authentic discipleship! Iron sharpening iron. Contending for truth together. It is a key to our walk with Him. It is a key to growth. It is a key to learning. It is a key to love.
God has brought some incredible people into my life, and as we meet together regularly and openly, there is life. It is not about agreeing, it is about contending, sharing, loving, praying and walking. I am actually gob-smacked at how much life there is to be found here. There is such a depth of growth.
It’s like we just can’t talk about anything else but Him. It is so fruitful … I want to share it with everyone. I get to meet Christ through these people. I am not sure that I can give it the full measure that it deserves by simply writing about it. But I will give it my best shot!
When I get together with one of these God ordained friends we talk about life, what God is downloading and how our walks are going with Him.
There are no masks, no hidden agendas, no judgement … Honestly – it’s life, hope, prayer, truth, sincerity, safety … LOVE!!
I hear some of you saying ‘where do I get one of these friendships you speak of?’ And all I can say is – ask Him. These are not friendships I could have manufactured outside of Him. I feel so very blessed. And to those friends I say THANK YOU! Thank you for loving me for who I am and who He is creating me to be. I couldn’t walk this journey without love like yours. I love Christ in you all and that He is using you to grow me.
It never ceases to amaze me that He doesn’t need us in something, He just wants us! And from that surrender, He gets to bless and challenge. Wow. What an amazing God we love.
My prayer is that everyone gets to have friendships that they can experience the life of Christ as the centre and core of. That we can all have people around us praying for us. This life gets pretty crazy sometimes, and sometimes life takes hold, world gets the better of us, and before we know it our eyes are fixed on circumstances rather then on Him, and the gift of these friendships is to shake you out of the world, in love, and challenge you back into His mighty presence.
Just have to say though … Discipleship comes at a cost!! The cost is self! The cost is death to self!
God wants us in a position where He is on the throne. So these friendships don’t mean that you get to be on the throne. No, these friendships help you to stay off the throne.
Following Christ isn’t easy, but it’s the best way to walk. Walking intimately with Him and the friends He places in your life can be challenging. The great news is, there is love at the core and we need to hear, speak and walk in this love.
As 1 Corinthians 13 talks about – love never fails. And even though following Christ and walking out love can be hard, I can guarantee you … He is worth it!!!!!!