I Samuel 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
Do you seek to have a disciple that you can teach and train? Something will have to be done that will cause the one that you will teach to desire to allow you to teach them.
You have to earn the right to teach them. It is not just a normal and natural thing that they would allow you to disciple them. They are looking for someone that will be able to really help them.
In this Bible story Jonathan is the prince. He knows that he is the man. Who could lead him? Who can teach him? The answer is the one that brings the giant’s head in his hand when even his dad was unable to win the battle. You can win his heart and love but you must prove your spiritual walk, power and victory before they will want to follow you.
Do you have the victory in your spiritual life? Is God blessing you in a visible way? He will be willing to acknowledge your ability and wisdom when he sees God’s hand on your life.
I Samuel 18:9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
What a horrible way to live! Always afraid that David would get his spot. Hurting every time he heard someone brag on David or congratulate him. If you intend to disciple others you must remember that your goal will be to make them a success. Your goal will be to promote them to a position higher than your own. Obviously God is going to use this attitude to remove Saul from his position and to train David to withstand criticism etc but as a discipler you must learn a different attitude.
David seems to have had a different attitude. He sat at the table with other leaders and men who had done as great a work as he had or even greater. Of his mighty men we find stories that rival the killing of the giant with even greater exploits yet David is able to work with them and trust them.
Remember if he is not strong enough to hurt you if will, then he is not strong to help you if he will. If you are to put II Timothy 2:2 into practice then you must be willing to see men surpass you in ministry and influence. John the Baptist said that he must decrease so that the one who followed him could increase. John 3:30. Can you deal with such a blow to your pride. If you can then God can use to make a major difference in other people’s lives and in World Evangelism.