The Lord has given each of us influence in our life. If we ponder for a moment and consider this, a few groups may rise to the surface.  We have been given influence with our families, our co-workers, our neighbors, our friends, and most likely there are more areas.  The question isn’t if we have influence but what are we going to do with the influence we already have?  As a deacon’s wife, you have been given a role of leadership in the church.  This is a blessing and a responsibility.  How are we as leaders in the church going to use our influence and steward this responsibility well?

In order to lead others, you have to lead yourself well.  You need to be a disciple before you can make disciples.  A disciple is a learner.  One who follows after Christ and is growing in her spiritual walk.  It is not someone who is idle or sitting still.  It is an active pursuit and a lifestyle.  When being a disciple becomes a lifestyle, you cannot help but to invest in others.   It is an overflow of what is happening in your own life.

I am not sure where you are in your journey to make disciples but I would like to give you encouragement in a few areas.  First, what does your own daily time with the Lord look like?  Is it intentional or is it happenstance?  We look to Jesus as our model and example and He often and regularly withdrew from the crowds and the busyness of the world to be with the Father.  In the gospels, over and over again we see Him seeking out a deserted and quiet place to be alone with God.  He often woke up early or stayed up late to be able to spend time with His Father.  If Jesus is doing this and making daily time with God a priority, how much more should we be following His lead?  If this is an area in your life right now that needs attention, I would encourage you to commit to the Lord to meet with Him daily.  Look at your schedule and find a time that you can set aside every day to refresh yourself in the Lord and reset for the day.

You may be asking, “What do I do when I meet with the Lord each day?”  I am glad you asked!  Let me offer you some suggestions.  Most importantly you need a Bible reading plan.  There are hundreds offered but let me suggest the F260 or the NT260.  Years ago my husband and I created the F260 for busy believers. We wanted a plan that people would have success at reading. It reads 5 out of 7 days a week, is chronological with Old Testament first followed by the New Testament, and has memory verse options included. The NT260 is a one year long reading plan that goes through the entire New Testament, reading one chapter a day. These are only suggestions. I would ask you to search and pray about a plan you want to commit to.

My personal time with the Lord happens from 5-6 a.m. every morning.  This is the best time for me to spend time with the Lord.  It is quiet in my house and everyone is asleep and I love it!  I sit down with a large cup of coffee and I pray Psalm 119:18-19 before I start reading.  I read my chapter or two for the day, I journal on a scripture verse or passage that stuck out to me, I review my verse that I am memorizing and then a spend some time praying.  You must decide for yourself what works best for you in order to daily accomplish this.  John 8:31-32 says, “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him. “If you continue in my word you really are my disciples.  You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”” Continue in His word and be a disciple first and foremost.

The key to being a disciple who in turn makes disciples, is having accountability in our lives.  Without accountability, many of us can start off strong and somewhere along the way our spiritual life becomes stale, stagnant or absent all together. We may all start off strong and steady. However, to keep ourselves in a constant state of growth, we need to be living and journeying through life with others that know us and can hold us accountable.

The most effective way to do this is in a discipleship group. Imagine gathering a few ladies together and you all committing to a reading plan, scripture memory, journaling a few times a week and praying for one another. Meet once a week and dialogue about what you have read and heard from God.  Talk about a spiritual growth catapult not only for you but for the ladies as well. These groups have been a part of my life for over 10 years and I cannot imagine my life without discipleship.

The Lord has given us leadership and influence. The question is how will we use it? I pray the Lord leads, guides and directs you in how to obey Him in order for His last words to become you first work.

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Matthew 28:18-20 “Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.”

For more information and more suggestions on how to make disciples, take a look at Disciple Her which was released earlier this year.

Disciple Her: Using the Word, Work, & Wonder of God to Invest in Women

Disciple Her: Using the Word, Work, & Wonder of God to Invest in Women

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Publisher: B&H Books
Publication Year: 2019
ASIN: 1535902477
ISBN: 1535902477

What does true, biblical discipleship look like? How can women, no matter what stage of life they are in, practice it? How can we find time to invest ourselves into others when it feels like our schedules are already full? What is our place in carrying out the Great Commission?

In this practical book, Kandi Gallaty outlines a process for developing an effective disciple-making strategy in your life and the lives of others. Disciple Her is filled with personal stories, more than a decade’s worth of discipleship experiences, and, most importantly, is saturated with her love for the Word of God.

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What does true, biblical discipleship look like? How can women, no matter what stage of life they are in, practice it? How can we find time to invest ourselves into others when it feels like our schedules are already full? What is our place in carrying out the Great Commission?

In this practical book, Kandi Gallaty outlines a process for developing an effective disciple-making strategy in your life and the lives of others. Disciple Her is filled with personal stories, more than a decade’s worth of discipleship experiences, and, most importantly, is saturated with her love for the Word of God.

Helping women see their own life experiences as lessons to pass on is a constant theme of the book. Disciple Her will be a point of reference that can be picked up and referred to time and time again in the years to come as women intentionally obey Jesus’ command to invest their lives into others.

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