In my last post I made mention of how the scriptures show discipleship happening in the midst of relationships. More specifically we see discipleship happening when one person is called to imitate the life of another as they imitate Christ.
See these scriptures.
You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia–your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
1 Thessalonians 1:6-9
Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me– put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.
2 Thessalonians 3:9
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1
I wonder, how many of us would be comfortable calling someone to imitate us? Maybe we should be.