Mr. Miyagi = Discipleship?

What do you think about when you hear the word “Disciple”? Does a mental image of Jesus speaking to his disciples, or Mr. Miyagi telling you to wax on, wax off come to mind? Okay, maybe it is just me that thinks of both extremes. But for real, whenever I think of a Disciple or Discipling that is the first thing that I think of. Growing up, I would have always thought that to be discipled would mean being under the guidance of someone older than me. But what if you could be discipled by someone who is the same age as you or even someone younger than you?

I really liked’s definition of disciple: “a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower”. So what is being discipled all about? The first real experience I had with being discipled came from my parents. They raised me in the ways of the Lord and showed me what a Christian life should look like. That obviously is one of the most important discipling experiences in my life. When I was a teenager and I thought the world was out to get me and my parents were mean, I had a very special older woman come along side me and pour so much of herself and experience into me. I spent a lot of time with Connie, and she taught me so much. I refer to her as my mentor, but she was definitely discipling me. She taught me a lot about everything (so specific, I know), and I could go on and on about all the life lessons she taught me. However, I can say that everything she taught me revolved around the gospel, and what would glorify God. Connie was definitely a person who was a follower of Jesus- a disciple.

I used to think there was something wrong in my relationship with the Lord because I didn’t have someone to disciple. Not that I thought so highly of myself that I deserved someone to disciple, but for several years I have been reaping the benefits of people who have poured into me; including just watching how they live to glorify God by the way the gospel has changed their lives. When I moved to Chattanooga seven months ago, I began to learn a lot about being discipled. I realized that it doesn’t matter what age someone is. If they are a follower of Jesus, you can be discipled by them because if they are following the ways of Jesus, then their ways can be your ways too.

I definitely think that there are a multitude of ways to be discipled. Sometimes it is that one on one, “official” discipleship, but I think sometimes it can be much simpler as well. I have come to this conclusion by reading 1 Corinthians 4:16-17 “Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church”. The context is that Paul had a father to child relationship with the Corinthians, but I think this verse can apply to other Christians as well. Are you living your life in such a way that you can look at someone and say “My ways are of Christ- imitate me”? Can someone be discipled by you because of the way you live your life for the Lord?

As we learn and grow in our relationship with the Lord, we never know who we will come across who has gone through the same things that we have experienced. If we are adherent to the doctrines of God, and a follower of Jesus, that makes us disciples of Jesus. Therefore, is it possible that at some point, we can all be discipled by one another? Does being discipled mean being poured into by only one person for many years? Or could it be taken further, and mean that there could be multiple people at the same time, all the time, pouring into you and challenging you in the ways of Christ? Then, as a result, you pour into others! This is why it is so important to always live our lives as a reflection of the gospel!



Lindsey, born and raised in Michigan uprooted and moved to Chattanooga, TN in 2011. Lindsey first came to Transform Student Ministries as a student at our summer camp. She has served on staff at many of our events, interned in the summer of 2011 and is now on staff full time at Precept Ministries International. If I could describe Lindsey in one word, it would be Passionate. This girl lives full on, and it shows in all she says and does! 

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