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The Truth About Discipleship and Mentoring

by Pastor DL Foster on 04/01/14

The foremost principle of discipleship is this:The student follows the teacher, the teacher doesn't follow the student. I use the words "teacher" and "student" because discipleship is about learning. Mt 11:29, Luke 11:1

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17

The truth supporting this is universal in any walk of life. Wisdom, maturity, power, anointing and authentic leadership is something you follow and learn from. Prov 4:7 If you expect the teacher (discipler, mentor) to follow after you because your schedule or your busy life won't permit you to follow him or her, you're mistaken. This misunderstanding is the causes many mentor-mentee relationships to fail.

To each man Jesus came in contact with he gave the same instruction: FOLLOW ME. Even when he didn't specifically tell a person to do so, many followed him thereafter even to the cross. The only person I can remember him telling not to follow him was the EX-Legion. He said to him go home and testify to all your friends. Mk 5:19

As his ministry became more pronounced, Jesus spoke hard words to those listening to him, some became offended and left. When he turned to the 12 and asked them "will you leave also?", Peter's response reveal the heart of a true student: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life," John 6:60-69

If you cannot learn the discipline of followship, you'll never learn the discipline of leadership. Yes! the discipler will make some demands of you and yes it will be uncomfortable at times and yes you may not understand it at times, but its part of your process of learning TO BE.

When you want what the teacher has, you willingly make the sacrifice to follow. This is not about blind love or trust, but about a principle that Jesus made the signature of his earthly ministry.