One danger and temptation in discipleship is to tell people Jesus doesn´t expect transformation from us.
But an equally or perhaps more damaging blow is to provide people with just rules to go with. If we do that, we prove ourselves unfaithful to Jesus. Yeah. No question He would want us to open up the Bible, to find the principles we must agree with and apply to our lives.
Such principles must be taught, but not as mere rules to be followed. If anything, my short experience discipling teaches me to strive to make clear at least four things in my exhortations:
1. To uphold the Word of God, the source of all our wisdom.
2. To comfront people with Jesus as the Forgiver of all our sin. Is anything too hard for us to obey given the full forgiveness of sins we´ve received from Him? He is our Savior.
3. To encourage people with Jesus as the All Powerful One. Is anything too hard for Him to overcome in us if we only ask it of Him in prayer? He is our Lord.
4. To present Jesus as the One deserving all our honor and praise. Is anything more valuable and worthy than Him? He is our God!
Point people to Jesus, brother. Thanks!