It is difficult, if not impossible, to lead people where you have never been yourself. It’s hard to do that from a leadership capacity in the world of business, and it’s even harder to do that in a spiritual capacity as we seek to disciple others in the faith.
Maybe this was Moses’ emphasis in Deuteronomy 32:46 when he said, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.” Here Moses emphasized that they should first take God’s word to heart, internalize it, let it change them, and then command the next generation to do the same. Why? Because the parents could never take the next generation of disciples where they needed to go until the parents had gone there themselves. A good reminder for us all.
How can you use your experiences—both your successes and your failures—to disciple someone else?