Discipleship Lessons from the Garden of Eden

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. (Genesis 1.11)

This is a curious feature of God’s creation, each plant reproducing its own kind. Long before scientists discovered deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA) to dictate the genetic make up of reproducing organisms, God was already at work at nature, ensuring us that His creation doesn’t surprise us with weird mutations.

But more than the biological aspect of creation, God actually gave us one basic principle of discipleship: you reproduce the kind of person you are in the lives of those you disciple. Your spiritual DNA is replicated in the people you lead. The kind of culture you live out in front of them will be the kind of culture that they will pass on to their followers.

This is the tricky part. As a discipleship group leader, you are actually in the position to pass on either a bad DNA code or a good DNA code to the people you lead. Each according to its kind. Each leader leads according to the way it was modeled to him by his leader. Whether the next generation will continue to be passionate about reaching the lost is actually up to you now. The ball is in your hands.