52 Weeks of Discipleship is based on works by Tom Cocklereece, Simple Discipleship (2009) and The Laws of Discipleship (yet to be published).
The making of a disciple may be compared to a jeweler shaping a raw diamond. After a raw diamond is cut in two halves, the jeweler determines the shape and cut based on the shape and size of the raw gem. Nothing is wasted in the cutting and grinding process as even the diamond dust is saved for use in the making of drill bits and saw blades.
Likewise, God is the master jeweler and disciple-maker who determine the size and shape of each finished disciple. Disciples are cut and ground through the difficulties of life. Nothing is wasted in the production of a disciple.
- Your financial struggles and giving of tithes and offerings shape your faith and determine your loyalties. Matthew 6:24
- Your loyalty to Jesus in difficult times proclaims to people whom you really serve. John 18:15-26
- How and to whom you pray is an indicator of your allegiance to Jesus. Luke 18:9-14
- Your willingness to submit to God as he allows difficulty and suffering is directly proportional to the amount of Jesus-light you will eventually reflect. John 9:1-3; Romans 12:1-2
An ideal brilliant round cut diamond reflects the most light of any other comparable gem and has 58 facets. Almost half or 43% of the facets are on the underside part of a diamond called the pavilion.
The same is true of a disciple of Jesus. Each facet is cut so that the completed disciple reflects the most light of Jesus and many of the facets are never seen by other people. These unseen facets represent the qualities of character-shaping and the degree to which the disciple reflects the character of Christ.
Best illustrated with a diamond, the largest single surface or facet of a diamond is the table. The table is on top of the gem and is the shape of an octagon having 8 angles. The table collects the most light of any facet on the diamond which is refracted and reflected back out of all of the facets. If the table facet is covered or marred, the diamond will reflect little light. Nobody would buy a diamond like that. Likewise, a disciple of Jesus collects the most light through holiness and living the eight character traits represented by each angle of the octagonal facet of diamond discipleship.
There are 8 elements of holiness that make up one’s character:
- Obedience– behaving and living according to God’s Word
- Loyalty– a commitment to devotion and duty to the Lord
- Truth– Committed to God’s Word and seeking truth
- Honesty– Committed to the consistency of truth-telling without retelling, nuance, and reframing the truth
- Justness– fairness and impartial treatment of all people
- Love/Respect/Fear of the Lord– 1) FoL- respecting and reverencing the Lord; 2) loving & respecting others even if different race, belief, or religion, i.e. enemies
- Compassion/Courage– Compassion and Courage work in tandem to lead one to act in one of two ways:
- Reactive Courage is when one acts impulsively to assist another person from danger
- Moral Courage is when one acts intentionally on the basis of intrinsic moral values to assist another person under threat or danger
- Integrity– Honesty with self about one’s sin & weakness
What points of character do you need to work on so your life reflects the most light of Jesus?
Dr. Tom Cocklereece is CEO of RENOVA Coaching and Consulting, LLC. He has 20 years of experience as a pastor, and is an author, certified professional coach and coach trainer, leadership specialist, and an independent Coach/Teacher/Speaker for the John Maxwell Team
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