Each of us who are broken believers will take the following steps. This is simple discipleship. These four will be at the root of everything we do. Our mental illness may influence this walk, but it can’t derail the process. Because it is a supernatural one, everyone starts at the same spot— whether we’ve an illness or not. Each of us must take these four steps and engage them:
Come to Me
Learn of Me
Remain in Me
Disciples will build their lives on these. They are solidly basic but extrapolated out into different unique variations. Each one will be uniquely yours.
COME TO ME:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28, ESV
The source is Jesus, and his presence is sought. Our heavy issues are relieved by his nearness.
LEARN OF ME:
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
Jesus shares his yoke with every disciple. We are to learn at his feet, and it’s there we learn of his humility. Rest is your evidence of his proximity.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
A cross awaits every disciple. Self-denial is critical for every believing disciple. Jesus will show us how it’s to be done.
REMAIN IN ME:
“Remain [abide] in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
This involves drawing and extracting life from him. We are a branch that pulls its life essence from its core, he is our vitality and our strength.
“Whatsoever one would understand what he hears must hasten to put into practice what he has heard.” –Gregory the Great