You can’t learn to do anything well without practice. Discipleship is no exception. Here are some ways you can practice being a disciple of Jesus.
The Ten Dollar Project
A simple exercise meant to promote generosity and listening to the Holy Spirit.
Get a $10 bill and put it somewhere easily accessible (like your back pocket). Then ask God to show you how he wants you to give it away. The point of this exercise is not necessarily to give it away at the first opportunity, but to listen to how God wants you to use it. This will help you be more aware of opportunities to give and lead you to walk more closely with the Holy Spirit.
A daily routine to help you engage prayer and discipline.
929 Prayer is an exercise meant to encourage daily prayer time on subjects derived from Scripture. Just pray for these three things each day:
9:00 The Unity of the Church (John 17:20-26)
2:00 People to work with Jesus in His mission of redemption and reconciliation (Luke 10:2)
9:00 The Power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
Do whatever you have to in order to remember–set your phone alarm, do it with a friend, or write it on your forehead with a Sharpie.
Going Away Glad
This challenge will lead you to engage your idols.
There once was a young man who approached Jesus and asked what he should do to inherit eternal life. After some conversation, which revealed this man was indeed serious about following God, Jesus told him to sell all he had and give it to the poor. Then the man “went away sad” because he was wealthy and couldn’t give it up.
This exercise is about asking God what it is that stands in the way of being fully devoted to following him. If you take this challenge, the process is pretty simple.
1. Identify what it is God wants you to give up (or do). First, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Second, listen and identify what you need to give up (or do).
2. Decide if you’ll give it up and for how long.
As you do this make sure you let people know how it goes. You might even want to ask a friend or a group to do this together so you can support each other. Whatever you need to give up for the sake of following Jesus, it will be hard and it will be worth it!
Week of Encouragement
This challenge will help you encourage others in their discipleship.
For one week, pick one person a day and give them some meaningful encouragement. Don’t just say the first thing that comes to mind—take the time to really think about who they are and what you value about them. Then tell them, write them a letter or email, or find a creative way to pass along your thoughts.