The #1 Discipleship Mistake We Make

article_images/1.18.NumberOneMistale_175062537.jpg

Shawn Lovejoy provides vital insight into the disciple-making process.

I’ve discussed previously the #1 evangelistic mistake most of us make: We try to close the deal too early.

We’re not patient enough to walk with people long enough to let the Holy Spirit fully do His work in drawing people to Himself.

However, the most common discipleship mistake I see us often make is closely related. The #1 discipleship mistake we make is this:

We give up on people too quickly.

When someone around us drops the ball several times, we assume they don’t “get it” and they probably never will; we decide they’ll never change.

We move on.

We bail on the relationship.

We give up on people too quickly!

I think we often forget discipleship is a lifelong process.

I think we often forget the first disciples didn’t “get it,” even after being with Jesus 24-7 for more than three years.

I think we often forget, years after following Jesus, the apostle Peter still struggled with racism (Acts 10) and the apostle Paul still struggled with pride (2 Cor. 12).

If these guys struggled to become like Jesus, do you think people in our family will? People in our church? You bet. Can God still change them and help them become more like Jesus? You bet.

So the next time someone lets you down or drops the ball or doesn’t meet your expectations, don’t let the enemy fool you into giving up on them too quickly.

Why? Because Jesus hasn’t given up on you.

Boom!  

Shawn Lovejoy Shawn Lovejoy is the founding and lead pastor of Mountain Lake Church, the Directional Leader of churchplanters.com, and the author of 'The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors," which released in April 2012. He lives near Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Tricia and three children.

More from Shawn Lovejoy or visit Shawn at http://www.shawnlovejoy.com/

Please Note: We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, uncivil and off-topic. Read a detailed description of our Comments Policy.
article_images/God_Love_316422517.jpg

WATCH: Tim Keller: A Deeper Understanding of God’s Love

“Everything about God’s nature drives Him powerfully toward you.” Share this video with someone who needs to hear that today.