“The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” Luke 6:40 Ever heard this verse used to suggest that a disciple of Jesus being discipled by another disciple of Jesus shouldn’t seek to be more of a disciple than the one discipling him or her?
When we’re discipling someone and another comes along and offers something more than we are, our reactions lean towards jealousy, control, disunity and fear. We worry that our weaknesses will be exposed by our disciples inability to grow further under our mentoring. We’re offended when someone we’re discipling wants to be a “better follower of Christ” than we are.
We Go All Gandalf On Them
We should, if our hearts are in the right place, welcome others into the discipling process. If I love my neighbor and want the best for them spiritually speaking, then I should hope that someone more gifted than I can take someone I have been discipling to a more spiritually mature state. If I’m fortunate, perhaps that same person will take me there to. Regardless, I’d like to ask a few questions:
Is it wrong for a disciple to want to go beyond his or her discipler?
Is it wrong for a discipler to keep a disciple from surpassing him or her?
Is the Master/Disciple relationship applicable in modern day Disciple Making? Why? or Why Not?