12 Ways to Live the Christmas Spirit: #6 Be a Disciple and Disciple Others

You’re not going to win “a major award” this Christmas season by simply coasting through the remainder of the year. You have to use your “mind power.” You have to be intentional. 

On this sixth day of Christmas, consider what it means to be a disciple of Jesus—to live intentionally for Jesus, in relationship with others who are doing the same.

Jesus’ Mother Is a Disciple

During Mary’s life, she transitions from raising Jesus to being His disciple. And right there, in the Christmas story, we see foreshadowing of this, with her taking instruction from the angel Gabriel and intentionally surrounding herself with family (including a priest, John the Baptist’s father). She looks to leadership beyond herself—and it’s for this reason, among others, that she is such a saintly figure.

Way #6 to Live the Christmas Spirit: Be a Disciple and Disciple Others

As Christians, we should all surround ourselves with wiser Christians, who have followed Jesus longer than us. In addition, we should have transparent relationships with other Christians—where we admit our shortcomings, failings, and our sins.

We should also all be actively investing in the lives of new Christians, or those simply earlier on the journey than we currently are.

Being a disciple of Jesus means being in constant transition, from one state of living and being to a better one—and that is a beautiful thing.

Thinking Globally

Our investment in discipleship doesn’t have to be limited just to our local reach—it can also extend globally. To use Jesus’ Economy as an example, we have made training and investment in people a central part of our values, because we believe that it is one of the key ingredients to transformation.

How Discipleship Transforms Economies
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Transformation is what we can all bring to our world, if we are discipled by others and disciple others. Let’s commit today to more and better discipleship: Pray, think, and contemplate how discipleship can be a more integral part of your life.

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John Barry
John Barry


CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. His new book is Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. It is widely endorsed by Christian leaders from around the world.