by Molly Dillon / Keizer Campus Principal
The concept and call of discipleship has been weighing heavily on my heart. There is no greater assignment in our lives than to be and make disciples of Jesus. I will be held accountable for my own discipleship, and that of my children, which include the students who walk through the doors of CCS. Needless to say, I take it very seriously. That said, the road of discipleship has been rough lately, and I’ve had quite a few on my knees, pour it out, wisdom-seeking meetings with the LORD. I felt a bit discouraged and I wanted to know: if discipleship is one of the most important pieces in life, why then, is it also the most heartbreaking, frustrating, difficult, yet easiest piece to completely mess up? Why, instead of overflowing with blessing and ease, is it so often a long and exhausting battle? (Feel free to text me an AMEN!)
I answered my own question when I got around to focusing on the positive aspects of discipleship. There is amazing redemption, healing, freedom, hope, blessing, and joy intentionally planned throughout the journey. When we submit everything to Jesus, and let the Holy Spirit lead, God’s perfect will is revealed and accomplished. Some of those long, exhausting battles were fierce, but after much prayer and perseverance, the conflict created lasting and sustained change. I have witnessed true miracles born out of heartbreaking trials; lives completely transformed and joyfully committed to serving Jesus! Strength of character is always the goal, and humility is essential to the process. The best part is that Jesus himself is right beside us, providing all we need to equip us, as well as the encouragement, peace, and rest we need to persevere.
James tells us that when our loyalty is divided between God and the world, we are unstable in everything we do (James 1:5). If we are striving for our own success, or ambitions, we will be unable to lead an obedient, faithful lifestyle. James goes on to share that we will also deceive ourselves if we merely listen to the word and do not do what it says. It is only through authentic discipleship that we can live loving, fulfilling, and fruitful lives. As we diligently work towards that goal, our ability to guide our children in their journey of discipleship will be incredible! The greatest experiences of our lives await us as we choose, every day, to sit at the feet of Jesus.
"May we all be true disciples, bearing much fruit, and bringing great glory to our heavenly Father" (John 15:8)
– Molly Dillon / Keizer Campus Principal