Discipleship fight for it!

Think about it.  We put up a struggles and fights for a lot of things.  How we look by working out hours in the gym, how well we play a particular game by practicing, our position at work by doing our best and refining our skill set, justice for the less fortunate, fight for our right to have fun, and the list can go on and on.  The question is stated in the book Flight Clubs – Gospel Centered Discipleship, “Do we work equally hard to improve our understanding of grace and defeat sin?  Do we spend hours in front of the gospel?”

Looking at some of my behaviors it would seem I am content with my sin at times.  But by the Spirit I am reminded of passages such as these:

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Romans 8:13 KJV

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12 ESV

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 ESV

These passages sound like fighting orders to me!  Are we fighting and if so what are we fighting for?  In the booklet fight club Dobson paints it well saying we are fighting for image and we all have an image problem.  “The problem however, is not that we lack beauty, success, creativity, virtue, popularity, or intelligence.  The problem is that we believe the lie that obtaining those images will actually make us complete, happy and content people.” pg. 14

The image we are truly searching for goes right back to Gen 1:26.  We were created in God’s image.  Unfortunately that was scared by the fall with Adam and Eve.  With start filling our mind and lives with what things that can never add up to God’s image.  Fortunately for us though Christ’s work we have a way of restoring that image.  Being changed by the gospel allows us to rethink and move toward what our image really should be by clinging to the person and work of Christ.  “We become what we behold.  If we behold the beauty of Christ, we become beautiful like Christ.  This happens, not just once, but over and over throughout the Christian life.” pg. 15  So, we go back to the verses above.  We are called to mortify the old image, fight for the true image by means of discipleship.

Over the next few weeks we will look more on the topic of discipleship in the context of relational discipleship guided by scripture and the booklet mentioned above.  Hey everyone else on this blog has a series going on I might as well too.


2 Responses to Discipleship fight for it!

  1. Daniel Ray says:

    I love the Rocky image. Great post as well. You reminded me of quote from back in the day: “Set faith at work on Christ for the killing of your sin. His blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls. Live in this, and you will die a conqueror; yea, you will, through the good providence of God, live to see your lust dead at your feet” (Owen, Of The Mortification of Sin in Believers, Ch.14). I am looking forward to this series, I need it brother!
    Grace and Peace.

  2. Stephen says:

    I liked the image of Rocky battling away at “the flesh”, not his but flesh none the less.

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