Posted by: Andrea Mullins | 23 January, 2009

A Discipleship Lesson from 1943 China

1. Be still.
2. Express thanks.
3. Accept Christ into your life for today.
4. Find out God’s plan.
5. Hear God speak through Scripture about your part in His plan.
6. Remember your duty to witness for God in example, character, home, work, and spare time.1

By the flickering light of a peanut-oil lamp, early each morning Eric Liddell and a roommate studied the Bible and prayed for an hour. No doubt, Liddell’s unreserved commitment to God equipped him to be the guiding light for prisoners from nearly 20 nations who spent two years in a Japanese interment camp in China during World War II. Liddell’s plan worked, even in the worst of conditions. His friendship to Christ strengthened him to encourage his fellow prisoners until his death a few days before the end of the war in 1945.

Have you taken time to start thinking about your personal discipleship in 2009? When I led a workshop last week on prayer, I was surprised to see the room fill to overflowing. The desire to grow closer to God was evident in the questions and the response to what I had to say.

There is no better time than now to put your plan in place for discipleship in 2009. What is your plan for becoming like Christ in 2009? How will you be strengthened to be Christ in example, character, home, work, and spare time in 2009?

Excerpted from: Eric Liddell, The Disciplines of the Christian Life (New York: Ballantine Books, 1985), 17-18.

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