Becoming a disciple: Just need to be one step ahead

Scripture – Romans 15:14

I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another


Since the beginning of chapter 15, Paul challenges and encourages the brothers. He tells them to “bear with the failings of the weak”, “to build up your neighbor”, “glorify God with one heart and mind”, and to “accept one another, just as Christ accepted you”.

Paul is encouraging the brothers that they have enough knowledge, goodness and competency to teach and build one another up.


Someone was explaining this week that the word “sensei” most often used in martial arts, actually literally means “one who is one step ahead”.

It seems so many people are stuck in the mindset that they don’t know enough, aren’t competent enough or aren’t “righteous” enough to speak into and disciple another person. Not true. All that is required is to be “one step ahead”.

You don’t have to have climbed Everest to be able to show someone how to roll up their sleeping bag or tie the laces on their snow-shoes. You just need to be one step ahead.

As Paul encouraged the brothers to instruct each other, I need to continue to encourage the believers to coach, disciple and teach one another in paths they have walked before.


Father, I pray you would break a spirit of unworthiness and of constant learning and no teaching. Help everyone, including me, fully grasp the areas we can pour life into others, without feeling unprepared or inadequate. You desire each person to be discipled and to be discipling. Let us be a group of makers of disciples and of disciple makers. Expand your kingdom under my watch dad. I love serving you. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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