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.
I thought I would share this post from our pastor, Shawn Lovejoy, at Mountain Lake Church. He provides a vital insight into the disciple-making process.
It is a reminder and a wake up call, for me as well, to never give up on people that don’t live up to our expectations. We should never give up on them too quickly.