The Mystery of Discipleship Martha Kilpatrick

The Mystery of Discipleship

Martha Kilpatrick

About This Book

The Mystery of Discipleship is a 91-day devotional that brings fresh revelation of the Spirit each time you read it, whether you’ve walked with the Lord for 30 years or three.


Begin a 91 Day Epic Voyage as a Disciple with The Mystery of Discipleship!

“Fullness and bliss are where you are headed, Disciple! I don’t spare you but I will by the Spirit put you on a little boat for this voyage and you will find yourself being carried away by Him, to Him. You will live the book of your own story of Christ, a living epistle, read by those He sends to know you. There will be books and books in heaven. Your story will be written. Take courage, all is ready for you to sail high above a common life and into the heavenly realms. In this life!”
Martha Kilpatrick, Introduction to The Mystery of Discipleship

In this hour, the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing on the ancient subject of discipleship! Through discipleship Jesus comes to capture you and take you to an intimate fellowship with Himself, no different than the first disciples. A disciple experiences the Living Christ.

Jesus’ final words were given to His disciples, the great commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” The Lord’s last words on earth were therefore His highest calling, an invitation to every born-again believer – “follow Me.”

“The disciples alone were privy to the secrets of Jesus. The disciples could ask any question of Him and receive an answer. The disciples lived with Him, day and night. They saw Him live, pray, heal and teach. Some had the privilege of dinner with Him once but the disciples had every meal with Him for three years! They “beheld His glory” firsthand. The disciple knows the Lord intimately, “firsthand” – knows His mind, His direction, His meaning, His Kingdom secrets.”
Martha Kilpatrick, The Mystery of Discipleship

Discipleship, lived out, is for the most part an ever-unfolding mystery. And this is so that we will always follow the Person of Jesus and never think we can move by a map or a principle. In The Mystery of Discipleship, Martha Kilpatrick brings to you five decades of following Christ, treasures of what she has learned of HIM. This is also the commission: “Teaching them to observe what I have commanded you…”

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Chapter Excerpts

DAY 5: Discipleship Requires a Change of Thinking
DAY 13: What Is God’s View of Disciples?
DAY 37: To Love the Lord with Undying Love
DAY 44: The Cross Is a Divide
DAY 79: Salt of the Earth

Luke 14:12-13 NASB
And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind…

Jesus challenged the values of His host. The Pharisee’s choice of guests was typically human but not divinely inspired. God’s preference is the sick (Mt. 9:12), the wounded (Lk. 10:25-37), and the poor (Mt. 5:3).

To understand discipleship, there must be a change from human nature that welcomes the successful, the rich and the family, which is really a selfish investment for an immediate return. To comprehend the issue of discipleship before God, Jesus had to effect a transformation of thinking. It is only the needy, the unable, the poor, and the ignorant that can become a disciple. The proud, the strong, the independent, and the ‘knowing’ will not qualify.

Father, please let me see with YOUR eyes what my earthly eyes miss. I choose to love who You love, where You love, and how You love! Through Jesus.

The parable of the “Great Feast” is a preparation for Jesus’ most extensive discourse about discipleship. The story holds the secrets of God’s view of disciples.

Luke 14:21 ESV
So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’

We are all born with Adamic independence, and the world system encourages human strength. So the strong will not need the Lord. The self-sufficient never would bow to enter. The ambitious will not care to attend. The worldly will not follow Christ. And the religious will not want to attend!

Only the needy, the weak and the poor sought out the Lord when He walked here. He never knocked on doors. He never invaded and truly, He never begged anyone to follow Him.

Jesus offered. He invited. But the response is yours…and mine.

Father, please show me my self-sufficiency and independence of You, that I might fully and joyfully accept Your invitation. In Jesus.

Luke 7:37a, 38 NASB
And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner…she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him (Christ) at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.

We don’t know who this woman was. The Holy Spirit deliberately omits her name. But she stands for all those who love the Lord with undying love. This unknown woman had a love for Christ that gave Him her time, her goods, and her heart with abandon. Caring nothing for the approval of man, the inappropriateness of her action, she went past this company of arrogant men whose superiority to her had no longer any power to bring her shame.

She had no need for human approval, understanding, or respect. Her need? Her goal? To lavish Jesus with the love she had for Him, a love that produced such humility and vulnerability that she cared only to express it to Him. She was indifferent to the scorn of the religious and the misunderstanding of the watchers. Her great love was the only care of her soul, the single focus of her heart and all else was irrelevant and immaterial.

This is a disciple. How does one come to possess or rather BE possessed of such Love for God?

Father, I desire to be possessed by great Love for You. I choose to love You with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind (Matthew 22:37). By Jesus.

Luke 14:27 AMPC
Whosoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.

The Cross is the situation or relationship that you cannot control, cannot escape and do not want. It cuts across your will, confronts your strength and attacks your dream. The Cross ‘crosses you up.’ It cuts across your path and ever makes a new fork in your road. The Cross is ever a choice, a pivot of your history.

The Cross is the pivot of human history, the marker of eras, the end of human misery. It is the great mystery of God and only those who carry their own Cross – their personal dying for Jesus’ sake – know its secrets.

The Cross is the great divide between believer and disciple. The disciple is proven by the Cross. The believer is exposed by the unwillingness to die.

Father, reveal my Cross to me today. I commit to this Cross. For Jesus.

Luke 14:33-34 NASB (Emphasis Mine)
So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?

Oh, the Lord is so strange in His teachings! His subject goes from war, to possessions and ownership, to salt. And there is a “therefore”…meaning it is a connecting statement. Only the Lord can reveal His own sayings.

Salt is a substance of the earth. Salt brings out the flavor of whatever it touches. It does not seek its own flavor. Salt causes the flavor to snap out of those foods it touches. Salt is a needed element for all foods. Everything edible needs salt.

Life is tasteless and dull, difficult and painful. ALL of it, full of monotonous duties and cruel situations made so by the need for God on the earth.

Salt stands for the divine life, the presence of Christ that transforms ordinary living into a delightful – if taxing – adventure.

The disciple is one who is willing to lose all, live by the Cross, build the church, fight the fight (Luke 14:26-33) and own nothing… THEREFORE that one will be salt to a weak and bland world. That’s why the word ‘therefore’ is there. The true disciple is therefore…salt.

Father, I WILL lose all, embrace the Cross when it comes, build Your church, fight the fight, and own nothing. I want to be salt. Through Jesus.

Chapter List (93)

Introduction to Life as a Disciple
Day 1: A Disciple Can Make Disciples
Day 2: The Model and Order for a Disciple
Day 3: Discipleship is an Offer
Day 4: Honor in the Lowest Place
Day 5: Discipleship Requires a Change of Thinking
Day 6: The Truly Hungry Follow Jesus
Day 7: The Desire for Reward
Day 8: Marriage of the Lamb
Day 9: When the Invitees Make Excuses
Day 10: Possessions, Position, and People
Day 11: The Difference Between Disciples and Believers
Day 12: Guests of the Marriage Supper
Day 13: What is God’s View of Disciples?
Day 14: Utter Dependence: Blind, Poor, Lame, and Needy
Day 15: How a Believer Becomes a Disciple
Day 16: The IF of Discipleship
Day 17: The Major Condition of Discipleship
Day 18: When We Come to Christ as a Disciple
Day 19: Belonging to God, A Right of Ownership
Day 20: Spiritual Understanding is Responsibility
Day 21: Christ’s Dominion Isn’t Cruel to Family
Day 22: Enemies in the House
Day 23: The One Criterion for Family
Day 24: Jesus’ True Family Revealed
Day 25: A Cross Experience for the Disciple
Day 26: Spirit of Counsel and Knowledge
Day 27: One Family in Christ Jesus
Day 27: One Family in Christ Jesus
Day 29: The Heavenly Father is the Source
Day 30: Your Heritage from Family
Day 31: A Healthy Hatred for My Soul-Life
Day 32: Christ is My Home
Day 33: Discipleship is Abandon
Day 34: The Sword of Love
Day 35: Do You Love Me?
Day 36: The Last and Largest Love
Day 37: To Love the Lord with Undying Love
Day 38: Our Gracious and Brilliant Lord
Day 39: Passion for Christ
Day 40: Love in Exact Proportion to Repentance
Day 41: Repentance and Transformation
Day 42: Love Alone Embraces the Cross
Day 43: The Brilliance of the Word
Day 44: The Cross is a Divide
Day 45: The Cross is Love
Day 46: The Power of God
Day 47: The Cross is the Zeal of God
Day 48: The Cross Began in Gethsemane
Day 49: The Cross and the Will
Day 50: The Cross: Abandon Self for God
Day 51: You Boast about What You Love
Day 52: Crucified to the World
Day 53: The Cost of the Call
Day 54: The Cost of Building and Battling
Day 55: A Terrifyingly Beautiful Process
Day 56: The End of Effort
Day 57: The Cross and the Nature of Man
Day 58: The Disciple and the Kingdom
Day 59: Raised by the Power of Resurrection
Day 60: Enemies of the Cross
Day 61: Disciples are Builders
Day 62: Ministry to the Church
Day 63: Supreme Head of the Church
Day 64: The Boss: Jesus Christ the Head
Day 65: Church is Christ
Day 66: A Holy Temple
Day 67: An Abode for God
Day 68: The Presence of the Lord
Day 69: Where Jesus is Lord, People are Church
Day 70: God’s Consecrated People
Day 71: The Cost of the Conflict
Day 72: Victory in the Vessel
Day 73: Jesus’ Prayer in Warfare
Day 74: We Will Be Sifted Like Wheat
Day 75: Soldier of Christ Jesus
Day 76: Faith and Surrender Were the Victory
Day 77: Priests and Disciples
Day 78: The Heart’s Possessions
Day 79: Salt of the Earth
Day 80: Salt, the Unseen Spark
Day 81: The Conscience of the World
Day 82: For Love of the World
Day 83: Mixture is Wanting Something for ME
Day 84: The Disciples Spiritual Purity
Day 85: Spiritual Ears that Hear God
Day 86: Fellowship with the Son
Day 87: To See the Lord
Day 88: From the Eyes of Your Heart
Day 89: Seeing the Father
Day 90: The Disciples Were Following Love
Day 91: Whose Love Do You Love?
A Prayer for YOU
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