The process of becoming a Knight was long and daunting. It came at a great cost. Up until age seven, a potential Knight would learn how to use a wooden sword and practice chivalry. From age seven until age fourteen, the young boy would leave his parents’ home and begin learning to be a Page. The boy would tend to the clothes of the Lord, wait tables, and watch jousting events. They would practice jousting by riding atop wooden horses with wheels. Seven years later, at age fourteen, the Page would become a Squire. Squires accompanied Knights into battle–assisting them with horses and dress. They would continue their education during the time. Around age twenty-one, the young man would become a Knight. The path to Knighthood was a very long process.
Much like the path to Knighthood, the path to true discipleship is a long, arduous process as well. Most literally, Acts 14:28 says, “And they spent not a little time with the disciples.”
About thirty years ago, a man named Greg knocked on my door at the University of Georgia and, under the glow of neon lights in my dorm room, he shared God’s good news with me. He did not stop there, however. After I prayed with him that day, he met with me weekly to share the basics of the faith. He spent months with me making sure that I had a solid foundation for my newfound faith. Greg ate meals with me, played sports with me, and mentored me in right doctrine and right practice. Greg soon found that he could not feed me fast enough. So, after a period of time, I was introduced to church and another man that was able to feed me more. Greg spent not a little time with this disciple. I am grateful for him. I consider this time my Page years on the path to true discipleship. I will talk about my Esquire years during another post.
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