‘Discipleship denied’ represents a time in which we are called to follow the teachings of Christ, but fail to do so. This can be a little or big thing. To recognize our failures, we must be self-aware. This is sorta like confession time and sometimes, confessing our shortcomings can be really difficult.
Not too long ago, I hurt someone I love very much. At the time, I tried very hard to not get upset because I am very compassionate towards the circumstances but I regret to say, I failed. I ended getting upset and haven’t talked to this person since then. HUGE discipleship denied. So what to do from here?
I prayed and looked to my Bible. Thanks to my helpful WORDsearch software and of course God’s guidance, I was led to Jonah. In short, it was about Jonah being angry with someone and the Lord rebuking him for it. I realized, at that point, how important it was to pray to repent for being angry & things I shouldn’t have said and pray for things that I could do to improve the relationship and how I could influence this person’s choices and be a positive example to them, for them.
So now what? Well, I continue to pray, duh. And if I’m to take Christian action like I’m ‘sposed to do, then I’ll be making a call tomorrow. And I leave you with this…..
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. (Hebrews 12:15)