At first, DTS meant Discipleship Training School.
That’s what started this blog; sharing my experiences and updates. But now that this school is over and I’ve graduated, DTS isn’t just an acronym for a school.
What does DTS mean?
DTS can also stand for Dying To Self. If you think about it, that’s the journey that we should all be on. It’s the journey that we’re called to. And the Discipleship Training School taught me a lot about that.
But now is another chapter. Another set of experiences. I’m going to continue to post about what God is doing in me, the things I learn, and the journey that I’m on: a process of dying to self more and more every day. To really learn what it means to take up my cross daily and follow Him.
That doesn’t necessarily mean dying for Him. Or maybe someday it will. But it means laying down my rights; laying down what I feel that I’m entitled to, taking up the call that He has given me, and following His example. It means dying to – resisting and turning away from – what the world says and what my sinful nature tells me to do.
It’s a challenge. But it’s what we’re called to. People like to use the example of swimming upstream and against a powerful current. I think that kinda just barely scratches the surface. It’s a day to day struggle. A moment by moment decision. A continuous declaration that I want to live as a daughter of the King; and that I want to become more and more like Christ. Because that’s really what it’s all about.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)