The Discipleship Model

“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”—2 Timothy 2:2 (ESV)

What does Jesus consider important? Based on the amount of time Jesus spent engaged with His disciples, you can know with certainty discipleship is one of the most valuable investments we can make with our time.

The Lord poured three very intentional, transformational, life-changing years into His disciples. In those three years, He taught them both practical and deep spiritual lessons, empowered them, kept them accountable, corrected them when they were in the wrong, prayed for them, ate with them, walked with them, had fun with them . . . He even cried with them. Christ showed them what it meant to love God, to abide in Him, and to follow Him. He prepared them to go into the world and make disciples as He had made them disciples. And then, He sent them out to do it!

He’s also sent us out to make disciples. You see, anyone that calls himself or herself a disciple is also called to be a disciple-maker. It’s a two-fold, lifelong process!

The first part is our journey of discipleship. It’s never over. From the moment we respond to Jesus’ call until the moment we meet Him face-to-face in heaven, we are disciples who need to be discipled. This means we need people speaking into our lives, mentors, people further along in the journey who embody what it means to follow Jesus and set examples for us to emulate (1 Corinthians 11:1). We need people we can rely on, who can hold us accountable, encourage us, empower us, spur us on, call us out, cry with us, grow with us, do life with us, and provide godly wisdom and insight into our lives.

Like we see in today’s verse, we are Timothy and we need someone like Paul in our lives. This person is instrumental in the development of our faith and walk as a disciple. It can’t be stressed enough just how valuable this relationship is to your spiritual growth. If you’ve never had a mentor, now is the time to seek one out. Consider asking a trusted pastor, leader, or group leader to mentor you, or ask a church leader to help pair you up with the right mentor.

The second part is to become a disciple-maker. As we grow and become more mature as believers, we are expected to go from being Timothy to serving as a Paul in someone else’s life. We are expected to reproduce in others what Christ has poured into us and what mentors, spiritual leaders, and fellow believers have helped us grow in.

DIG: Look for discipleship examples in the Scriptures. What do they have in common?

DISCOVER: There are few more valuable investments you can make with your time than to be discipled and to disciple. Not only is this an investment that will yield amazing, far-reaching fruit, but it’s also a command from Christ. How are you living this out? What are you doing to be discipled and to disciple others?

DISPLAY: Here are four practical things you can do in your life to engage in the discipleship process. Pick one today to start engaging in, depending on where you are in your walk with Jesus:

1. Find a mentor.

2. Commit to being part of a small group.

3. Find an accountability partner.

4. Seek out newer believers you can disciple.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.