Discipleship is time-consuming and rough at times but just like preparing for a sport, it is rewarding. Christians are called to be holy and to live godly lives but we do so with God's mercy and grace in view.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer has said, "Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ."
Then, while we are growing as disciples, we are called to teach and disciple others.
Many people have influenced my life by teaching me formally and informally. I'm so thankful for Eric Klingenberg, David Grove, Russ Fitzgerald, Chad Crooks, Adam Dorsey, Dennis Melton , Hershael York, JD Payne, my Dad, and Rich Baker (my father-in-law) for teaching me what it means to grow like Christ.
Who are you thankful for? Who are you discipling?
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. -- Titus 2:1-8