The Goal of Discipleship (Part Four)

Have you ever watched a cycling team riding down a bike trail? Maybe you’ve seen them on TV. A group of men and women riding closely together in single file lines, wheels inches apart along windy roads paying close attention to the rider in front of them. If so, you may have seen that on occasion each rider’s position changes. The lead rider switches to the back and the second rider pushes forward. This shift in group dynamics is very similar to the shifts that happens within The Christian pace line. There comes a time where the lead rider must take his place at the back of the group to take a well-deserved break and allow others to lead in his place.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus is leaving His disciples very soon. They have been His pace line for three years. He has shown them the pitfalls of life. He has given them warnings. He has spoken difficult truths. Now he is fading to the background saying “Now it’s your turn. I’ve shown you what to do. I’ll be here to guide, but it’s your turn to lead.” If Jesus is the example, then this is our goal: to create leaders who have learned to follow Christ and can in turn be a leader to future disciples. 

God does amazing work through the discipleship relationship He instated. As you go about your day I want to leave you with this challenge: Every believer should have at least one person they are drafting off and one person they are leading. Who is that for you?

Pray for the opportunity, and act upon it when it arrives.


Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.