The goal of discipleship is worship– whole-life worship as described by Jesus in Mark 12:30:
“…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
According to Carson’s and Beale’s, Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (which by the way is awesome), the following is true:
To love God with your Heart = Loving God with your moral choices/character
To love God with your Soul = Loving God to the risk of one’s life
To love God with your Mind = Loving God with your thoughts
To love God with your Strength = Loving God with your possessions
Now look at the words Jesus uses to call people to be His disciples:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”(John 8:31-32)
Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”… Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:16, 21)
In each of case (and many more like these) Jesus is simply calling people to live out Mark 12:30. That is to worship Him (as God) with all their Heart (choices), Mind (thoughts), Soul (life) and Strength (possessions).
For those of us in leadership positions our goal is the same, to lead people to the joyful worship of the Triune God– this is true discipleship.
How do you lead people in whole-life worship of God?