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Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17).

To sharpen something that is as hard as iron, it takes something equally hard. Anything softer would be reshaped itself. But iron sharpens another piece of iron. Even so, one man or woman sharpens another.

That’s what mentoring or discipling is all about. We sharpen one another. What I’ve learned in life helps strengthen someone else. What they’ve learned helps strengthen me.

Let take this to the next level. You and I have a responsibility to reshape our friends’ lives. We do that by interacting with them and holding the accountable in their lives. If we’re truly ‘friends’, its not that hard to sharpen one another.

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The word ‘Passion’ is a common word for the church today. But what does it really mean? Passion is not passive. It isn’t a “feeling” that we have inwardly. Passion is contagious and inspires others. If people don’t know what we’re passionate about, it really isn’t passion at all.

My wife knows I’m passionate about three things: space exploration, family history, and spiritual renewal. She knows this because when I learn or discover something new in these areas I light up. And when I light up, she lights up. She responds to my passion.

Passion expresses a release of energy. You can tell when someone is passionate about something, because they light up with excitement and light others up. That energy rubs off on others.

Discipleship requires a release of passionate energy or we bore others with our complacency. What are you passionate about? What lights you up? Invest in others with that passionate energy…that’s discipleship.

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While on our vacation in Arizona, we rode on the Grand Canyon Railroad from Williams, on Route 66 and a former copper mining community, directly to the Grand Canyon. It was a nice ride with a maximum speed of 40 mph. On our way there we were entertained by a guitarist who sang several country western songs and did a bit of yodeling for us.

On our return trip we were likewise entertained by a native American named Clarence Clearwater who sang some traditional and humorous songs. In the beginning of his program he told a little about himself and said that he refused to perform where alcohol was served because of his spiritual beliefs. I didn’t quite know what an American Indian meant by “spiritual beliefs”.

His last song was leading us to sing together ‘How Great Thou Art’. Having just spent two hours awe-stricken by the Grand Canyon, this song had meaning for everyone aboard and he had everyone participating. Here was a man who had to watch himself as an employee of the railroad, yet he found a way to make everyone think about God in his brief presentation. Now, that’s a Disciple-maker if I ever saw one.




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Another interesting observation from our trip to Arizona, was when Anita and I had to go through security at the Dallas Airport Tuesday morning. The first guy at security asked for our IDs. I showed him my driver’s license and he compared it with me and commented, “You’ve lost some weight.” Then he looked at Anita’s and said, “You’ve lost weight, too.”

I got held up going through security. The guard didn’t like my C-Pap (sleep) machine in the bag. When he took me aside, I said, “I don’t have to unpack all that do I?” He replied, “Nope. Now its my turn.” And he proceeded to pull everything out of my bag.

By the time we got all that straightened out, I noticed Anita was having a nice chat with the security officer who had noticed we had lost weight. It seems he and his wife were having health issues and he was very interested in knowing how we did it.

It seems that God has neat ways of connecting us with the people He wants us to disciple, even if its only for a short bit of time.

How has God connected you with someone coincidentally that was an opportunity for you to speak into their lives?




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Paul advised his young follower, Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:1). Isn’t this the scriptural model of our motto, “Making Disciples Who Make Disciples”? What we learn we are to pass on to people who are trustworthy to pass it on to others, etc., etc…from one generation to another.

This is the multiplication pattern. If I take ten people under my wing to coach and mentor them, I have added to my team ten people. But, if each of those ten do the same for ten more, and then they each mentor ten more, I now have multiplied myself in 1,000 people. That’s the pattern and it can work.

That was the model I was trained under. Pastor Paul E. Paino invested in several young men, one of whom was Pastor John Lloyd. He then mentored more young men in Christian Training Center and the Adam’s Apple, where my life was touched. I’ve tried to continue the model through our church in touching the lives of many more. And the world keeps changing from one generation to the next. Who will keep the ball rolling?

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In his book As Iron Sharpens Iron, Christian author Howard Hendricks talks about his early life:

“This is a very personal point for me, because it takes me back to my fifth grade class. I’ve already mentioned my troubled home background. By the fifth grade, I was bearing all the fruit of a kid who feels insecure, unloved, and pretty angry at life. In other words, I was tearing the place apart. However, my teacher Miss Simon apparently thought that I was blind to this problem, because she regularly reminded me, “Howard, you are the worst behaved child in this school!”

So tell me something I don’t already know! I thought to myself, as I proceeded to live up (or down) to her opinion of me.

One time I got so out of hand that she physically grabbed me, shoved me into my desk, tied me to my seat with a rope, and wrapped tape around my mouth. “Now you will sit still and be quiet!” she announced triumphantly. So what else could I do?

Needless to say, the fifth grade was probably the worst year of my life. Finally I was graduated – for obvious reasons. But I left with Miss Simon’s words ringing in my ears: “Howard, you are the worst behaved child in this school!”

You can imagine, then, my expectations upon entering the sixth grade, where my teacher was Miss Noé. The first day of class she went down the roll, and it wasn’t long before she came to my name. “Howard Hendricks,” she called out, glancing from her list to where I was sitting with my arms folded, just waiting to go into action. She looked me over for a moment, and then said, “I’ve heard a lot about you.” Then she smiled and added, “But I don’t believe a word of it!”

I tell you, that moment was a fundamental turning point, not only in my education, but in my life. Suddenly, unexpectedly, someone believed in me. For the first time in my life, someone saw potential in me. Miss Noé put me on special assignments. She gave me little jobs to do. She invited me to come in after school to work on my reading and arithmetic. She challenged me with higher standards. I had a hard time letting her down.”

That, my friends, is a disciple making disciples.

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Members of the upper level Brahman class in India never stoop to do any menial labor. So how shocked Shriman Naraarayan was when, spending time at Gandhi’s ashram (a spiritual retreat center for Hindus), he was assigned a task that he felt was beneath his dignity.

Having earned a doctorate from the London School of Economics, that young man had come to the ashram to seek guidance about his future. Unknown to him, everybody at the ashram was given some specific assignment, and Shriman’s was to clean toilets. Deeply offended, he went to Ghandi immediately and complained, “I hold a doctorate. I’m capable of doing great things. Why do you waste my time and talents on cleaning toilets?”

Gandhi responded, “I know of your capacity to do great things, but I have yet to discover your capacity to do little things.”

You may be highly qualified to serve our Lord Jesus in a significant way. Because of your training and gifts, you may have the potential to carry on great and effective spiritual service. But are you willing to humbly perform some menial task if He so assigns you? Would you be willing to clean another’s toilet or wash another’s feet? (John 13:14-15). That’s what discipleship is all about.

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