From a February 2004 Teaching, [brackets mine]
This Teaching is about the power that we have as disciples of God and followers of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Jesus always did the Father’s will, so he is our example.
Who is this “power of discipleship” available to?
-Anyone and everyone who desires to love God.
You cannot be a servant (disciple) of God unless you first become a child of God.
Romans 10:9-10 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Once you are born again, you become a child of God and can serve Him fully.
There are many people who want to serve God. Are you one of them? Are you willing to be a disciple for Him?
What is a Disciple?
-A disciple is a “Disciplined Follower” of Jesus Christ
How do we receive and utilize this power?
This power we have as disciples comes when we follow the Lord Jesus Christ first, and then lead by our example of humility and meekness to the Word of God.
You have to follow before you can lead.
Quote: “My weeks in Boot Camp at Parris Island taught me that you have to know how to follow before you can lead. To stretch beyond what I had previously thought were my mental and physical limits. Later, as a 2nd Lieutenant, I learned Leadership, the quintessential quality, without which no matter how great the other resources, no organization can be successful.”
-Robert A. Lutz
2001 Chairman of General Motors North America
fmr. United States Marine Corps
1 Corinthians 7:22 – “For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant [disciple, follower] is the Lord’s freeman: [free to lead, free to serve] likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. [disciple]”
As you serve, you are also leading whether you recognize it or not.
How do we lead according to God’s Word?
We lead with a humble and meek heart as noted in James chapter one
James 1:21 – Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Philippians 2:7-9 – But [Christ] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
When do we lead?
Ephesians 5:16 – Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Where is our sufficiency?
II Corinthians 3: 5 – “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves……but our sufficiency is of God.”
Our power is given to us by God as we obey his Word and discipline ourselves to it!
God Bless You!