Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’”
We don’t have to be perfect to be Jesus’ disciple, but we do have to know what we are signing up for and be willing to submit all areas of life to God. As Jesus discipled people, he expected that their discipleship would touch all aspects of their life, relationships, and even society as a whole.
A real disciple needs to embrace and be growing in all the dimensions of discipleship. We can’t be 3⁄4 of a disciple, picking and choosing, for a disciple when fully trained is like his or her teacher: Jesus (Luke 6:40).
True discipleship is holistic: we can’t be content to be growing in some areas and lacking in other areas. As we’ve considered the nature of discipleship, Bob Logan and Chuck Ridley have created this diagram to represent the 8 dimensions of a disciple. As Jesus became incarnate and lived among us, these are the ways we see him living.
© 2013 Robert E. Logan and Charles Ridley
The Dimensions of Discipleship include:
- Experiencing God
- Spiritual Responsiveness
- Sacrificial Service
- Generous Living
- Personal Transformation
- Authentic Relationships
- Community Transformation
The Disciple Assessment tool provides a snapshot of where you are in these 8 dimensions. Your view along with the perspective of friends, family, spiritual leaders and those you are influencing to follow Jesus will give you comprehensive feedback on your progress as a disciple.
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