This list is in no way exhaustive, but is rather just a few of my thoughts as I consider discipleship in my life over the last 15 years:
So why should I pursue discipleship?
Because I am commanded to — Matthew 28:19-20
Because I need to confess my sins to people. It humbles me and reminds me of my need for Christ to be my righteousness. It can also lead to practical help in battling those sins — James 5:16
Because we need counsel with work, ministry, dating, marriage, parenting, and life altogether — Proverbs 11:14, 15:22
Because I need to be encouraged to persevere when trials come — Hebrews 10:23-25
Because we need people to bear our burdens practically, giving support when life happens (i.e. babies, weddings, moves, etc.) — Galatians 6:2, 10
Because it changes lives. There are countless testimonials in our church alone of how Christ has transformed the lives of Christians who actually engage in true discipleship.
Because I have blind spots— Hebrews 3:13; Galatians 6:1
Because I forget the truth and need to be reminded of who Christ is, what He has done, and how that changes my life — 2 Peter 1:12-15
Because I forget that my identity is in Christ — 2 Peter 1:9-10
Because I get inward eyes — 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Because there are people who have loved the Lord longer and more than I have.
Because I don’t have all the gifts or knowledge or wisdom — Romans 12:4-6
Because I need help living out/applying the truth that I do know.
Because it is an intentional and practical way to grow in humility.
Because it is modeled in the Bible — 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 2 Timothy 3:10
Because I want to learn from others who have already walked in my shoes and be reminded that God is faithful.
Because I want to know what the next season of life looks like and how I can prepare to honor Christ through it.
Because my heart is deceitful — Jeremiah 17:9
Because I, by nature, think I can do it on my own.