Ed and Karen Jensen

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What is Discipleship?

Move beyond life as "normal"...

Eat... work... sleep...

Eat... work... sleep...

You know the pattern. You’re quite familiar with it. We all share it, but how many of us go through the motions only to wonder is this really all that life has for me?

It’s not. Trust me, there’s more to life than just eating, working, and sleeping.

Of course, we all secretly yearn to play a meaningful role in society - and we should - but we aren’t always intentional about it.

So, what can you do to change that?

Engage in discipleship. But what is discipleship? The active pursuit of relationship with Jesus Christ or actively engaging others to do the same.

I live a life of discipleship. I am constantly relating with God. I also encourage others to know Him so that they may find their sense of purpose and fulfillment in Him, just as I have.

How do I do that?

1) I read my Bible - regularly - and encourage others to do the same. Imagine a love letter from a secret (or not-so-secret) admirer, but... you NEVER read it. Instead, you put it on a shelf and it collects dust after a while. A long while. Meanwhile, this person has nothing but the best intentions for you and their letter serves both to guide and encourage you, as well as point out a few warnings where they’re aware you might be in danger. Why WOULDN’T you want to read that? Not only that, but it reveals so much about the character of the person who wrote it! Therefore, I definitely read my Bible and highly recommend others do the same.

Reading the Bible is an excellent source of discipleship.

2) I pray and suggest others pray as well. No, I’m not talking about muttering to air or reciting an “Our Father/Hail Mary”. While I revere God as Almighty, that doesn’t prohibit me from talking to Him as I would to my husband, friend, or family member. I have regular conversations throughout the day about things that come to mind or weigh upon my heart at any given moment. Bear in mind, I’m careful not to hog the conversation! I listen as well, asking God specifically what burdens His heart; asking Him how I can partner with Him in finding solutions. (Not that He needs my help, but since He is relational, I know He enjoys the fellowship and appreciates my willingness to play an active role in helping). In fact, He’s even gifted me to do just that! Which leads to the next example:

You can talk to God any time, anywhere.

3) I volunteer... my time, my efforts, my expertise, whatever gifts I’ve been blessed with... and I urge others to do the same - with joy! Discipleship, after all, is voluntary. Either you’re committed to your relationship with God or you’re not. You’re devoted to your family or you’re not. You’re involved in your local community or you’re not. I love God; am loyal to my family; and faithfully serve my community. In doing so, I can only hope others learn from my dedication and follow suit.

Volunteering is a rewarding way to share responsibilities and get to know your community better.

This list is not exhaustive, by any means, of how one engages in discipleship, but it does represent a few starting points that can lead one in the right direction. I’m confident there’s fulfillment in pursuing any one of them, if not all three!

If you’d like more information pertaining to Discipleship, why not check out a Discipleship Training School (DTS) from Youth With A Mission (YWAM)? (Contrary to the name, you don’t have to be a “youth” to participate!)

Karen has volunteered 20 years with Youth With A Mission and currently serves in the Philippines.

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