Potato Chip Discipling (part 2)
In Part 1 we looked at how managing people to make potato chips is similar to managing people to make disciples. The first two principals that we reviewed were investing personal time and listening effectively. In part two we will review two more principals in disciple making.
In my management development role, I wanted to be certain that I clearly instilled the company values and principles as we worked through real life application opportunities. This was a very important part of my role as a guardian of the P&G culture. Here we have the third key concept in developing a disciple: imparting the values and principles of His Holy Word, the Bible. Am I using God’s Word as I interact with my disciple? We have a powerful tool to utilize as we walk through life with our disciple. We can point them to applicable scriptures that speak truth into life. I want to model for them my absolute love for God’s Word and communicate with every fiber of my being the importance of God’s Word in guiding me through life. (2 Timothy 3: 16-17) I want to be sure to open God’s Word with my disciple every time we meet.
Character is very important in all of life. I must be above reproach in all my dealings and in all my interactions whether in public or private. This brings us to my fourth key concept, integrity of heart. My behavior must match my teaching. Jesus speaks to the importance of this in Matthew 23:2-3 where he addresses the inconsistency in the lives of the scribes and Pharisees. The managers I was working with at P&G watched my behavior very closely to see if my example matched my words. Our living example shouts much louder than any words we will ever speak. Our lives must be grounded and consistently demonstrate godly character. Albert Schweitzer, the well-known African missionary doctor, said, “Example is not the main thing influencing others—it is the only thing.” There is great truth in his statement from my life experience.
In part 3 we will explore two more principals that will help you be a more effective maker of disciple-makers to the glory of God!
by Mike Mulvaney, Community Pastor::Fellowship Bible Church of NWA
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