6 Months Left to Live, To Disciple Someone, How Would You Do it?

SurgNeurolInt_2011_2_1_84_82250_f1Dr. Herman, a fetal surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, was told she’s got an inoperable brain tumor and has 6 months to live. She’s got a chip on her shoulder, and she’s become angry, impatient, and demanding of a fellow Dr. Arizona Robbins. You see, there are’s only a handful of people in the world who have the masterful skills she has, and Herman wants to train Arizona to become one of them before she dies.

Yes, I watch Grey’s Anatomy, and this is a part of what happened in season 11’s episode 6. If you haven’t seen it yet, then I’m sorry for the spoiler. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Capshaw, who plays Dr. Arizona Robbins, explains her character’s thinking when she says;

“I think she feels a huge amount of pressure because she’s torn between having the keys to the kingdom of this woman’s mind and learning about all this stuff that she wants to learn about, But she knows that if she gets the keys to the kingdom, it comes at a price.”

This scenario provoked me, and I’m about to do the same to you.

Let’s say that you’ve just now received this bad news from your doctor, and that YOU have only 6 months to live. As a believer who really does have ‘the keys to the Kingdom,’ you decide to pass on all you know about Jesus and His Kingdom, all your experience in following Him, and all of His and your love for people TO ONE PERSON. You decide to disciple that one person and pour everything you’ve got into that one person to carry on the work for the benefit of future generations.

How would you do it?

I’d like to invite you to click on the ‘Leave a Comment’ button below and describe how you would disciple someone in your last 6 months of life. Be as detailed or brief as you wish.  To make it a little more challenging, let’s assume that the person you choose to disciple is an unbeliever.  I’m looking forward to reading your comments…

0 thoughts on “6 Months Left to Live, To Disciple Someone, How Would You Do it?

  1. Dudley Parr says:

    Love them extravagantly. Take them on my errands of visiting people and serving. Taking them with me introduces them to and engrafts them to a community that will continue the process after i am gone. Then as I am less able to go, ask them to go for me. At some point I expect there will be some questions about the why and I can answer with the who. It’s pretty much what I do now except I don’t have a known expiration date.

  2. Bobby Auner says:

    I wouldn’t change much. When I’m not distracted with selfish ambition I live daily with an imminent expectancy of His return.

    The “challenge” at the end where the one person I have to disciple is an unbeliever makes it a bit tricky. I wonder if my present actions of sharing meals around the table or a six pack around a fire with conversations about life with the unbelievers on my street qualify as discipleship. I don’t know. I’d like to think they are being drawn to Jesus and are learning to live more like him but I figure that’s his arena of influence. I just want to be their friend, love them, and shine brightly for my Lord.

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