Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers…Click Here to Read More.
The first part of Psalm 1 (verses 1-3) summarizes the life of a true disciple of Christ—one whose character is molded by the principles of God’s Word. Of course genuine discipleship happens in the context of Christian community. Robert Coleman likens the discipleship process to parenting. Good parenting is a long process that calls for patience, planning, and training. The Bible likens those who live according to God’s word to “a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (Psalm 1:3). However good a tree might be, it cannot mature overnight. It takes several seasons before it can start bearing fruits. So is the process of growing and maturing in Christ. It is long, requires patience and making tough decisions. Both the disciple and the discipler need to have a vision of the end. This will help them to remain motivated. When Jesus called His first disciples, he gave them a vision: “”Come, follow me…and I will send you out to fish for people” (Matt 4:19). The Church He was to build would be victorious over all powers of darkness (see Matt 16:18). Disciplers, should believe that their disciples will one day bear the fruit of the Spirit. They need to “see” it and believe it before it even starts happening. Those baby steps that disciples make will one day turn into amazing leaps of faith for God’s glory.
Reference: Coleman, Robert E., “The Master Plan of Discipleship.” Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1998