Read II Timothy 2:1-10
I can name several men who, through the years, have discipled and mentored me. Lynn Riley, Tommy Echols, and John Harp come to mind. If we were to ask Timothy that question, he would certainly name the apostle Paul as the one who discipled him. Timothy was not just a project with Paul, it was an ongoing relationship. There is a purposeful process to discipleship. Paul used the metaphors of the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer to illustrate this. All of these occupations require training, commitment, and a look to the long term. When we begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, we begin a process with the goal of Christlikeness. All of our choices must then be brought in line with that goal. That what it means to be a disciple, or a follower, of Jesus.