The Mystery of Discipleship
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…”
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.