How To Be Discipled

H0w-to-be-discipled elizabeth-george jim-georgeThe word disciple can bring to mind a variety of scenar­ios. Most often we equate discipleship with long-term, one-on-one, weekly meetings with another woman. That would be wonderful, but for most of us that isn’t a reality or even a possibility. If you can mentor under an older woman, that’s wonderful! If not, don’t despair. There are many other ways to be discipled.

Observe Others 

Look around for an older woman who’s been a Christian for a while and watch how she loves her family and balances her work, family, and church responsibilities. After all, “the hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both” (Proverbs 20:12). Watch, learn, write down what you learn, and then try those new behaviors yourself.

Ask for An Appointment

Then go one step further—ask this older woman if she has time for the two of you to get together for an hour or two one day. It doesn’t matter where (let her determine the place). Prepare for the meeting with questions gleaned from your reading and studying of God’s Word. Arrive on time, prepared to soak in her insights as you jot them down in your notebook. 

Cast Your Cares 

Ask for her counsel if you’re having a problem. You’ll receive God’s perspective and the prayer support you need. Years ago, I made an appointment with a wise woman. We met just that one time, but those two precious hours she gave me were life changing! Much of my philosophy of ministry and many of the things I teach are a direct result of that one blessed time in her presence, drinking in her wisdom. Asking for counsel over coffee, with purpose and humility, will help you glean wisdom from women you respect.

Read Regularly

Read Scripture and from a trusted book on godly living daily. If you’re thinking, “But I don’t have time to read!” evaluate your schedule and how you’re living your life. I found that the simple act of reading just five minutes a day keeps me sharp, keeps me thinking, and keeps me on my toes when filtering out the influence of this world. 

Take these first steps to being discipled. As you watch and learn from wise women, you’ll find yourself growing in the Lord. Perhaps at some future time, God will give you the opportunity to pass His wisdom on to another younger woman too!

RESPOND

Lord, I want to be a woman after Your own heart. Please show me how to do that, and who to ask for godly wisdom. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES 

A Woman After God’s Own Heart—Elizabeth George has discipled millions of women through her biblical wisdom and godly encouragement. Pick up a copy of this study for women today!

REFLECT

As you observe wise women, keep a list of how their actions show godliness. Watch, learn, write down what you learn, and then try those new behaviors yourself.

REMEMBER

God’s ideal plan for us as His women — and another aspect of His job assignment for us — is that we learn from other women the “good things” of God. We are called both to seek this guidance and pass on all that God has taught us through discipleship (Titus 2:3-4).


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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