“If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.”
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
Where are you W/ making Jesus #1 in your life? What are ‘Costs’ you would consider?
How would you rate the past ‘Results of Your Salvation’?
How would you rate your trust that God is at work in you so you can please Him?
What areas of your life might you become more of disciplined in?
How can you ‘Get in Training’ for the ‘Eternal Prizes’ of Disciple Building?
What Goals can you set to address you discipleship needs?
What are some initiatives that will move you toward those goals?