When disciple-making loses its glamour

The adventure of a life time?

Sometimes, making disciples is not all that glamorous. I know it is a commandment from our Lord, but so many times I’m more influenced by what discipleship is supposed to be like, instead of what it really is.

It’s supposed to be an adventure, right? I mean, what else could it be like, when you invest your life in the life of other person?

But sometimes it is not.

Sometimes it’s reality.

With all the problems and challenges and personal issues that come from being too close to anyone.

I think I’m always trying my very best, but then things happen and making disciples loses its glamour.

 

 

Adding insult to injury.

Making disciples is painful business.

Now, try this on a culturally diverse setting.

When ministering to a group of people who cannot decided which one is the best version of the language they all speak, very quickly you learn that the battle you face is extremely challenging (impossible?).

Communication is not the main issue here. A more important problem is how easy it is to offend and be offended.

How am I supposed to make disciples, when they bite back?

Aren’t they aware that I’m in a mission to make disciples of the nations?

Well, the nations are not making it easier for me to fulfill the Great Commission.

 

Is this really who I am?

Honestly, it is very hard not to evaluate my own worth, as a disciple-maker, based on how people respond to my efforts of teaching them everything the Lord has commanded.

But that is incorrect.

I need to remember that I, my self, am in the process of being cultivated as a humble follower of Jesus Christ; discipleship is also for me.

I also need to remember that my call is to be a steward of God’s grace, and that it is Him who is transforming people. I am not in charge.

My worth does not come from my level of productivity in His kingdom, but from the completed work of Jesus Christ. From the grace He extended to me when He called me his own. From the security of His perfect life and sacrifice. From the power of His constant presence in my life. From the hope that, one day, I will see Him face to face, and because of His beauty (i.e. His person and work) I will hear Him welcoming me into the peace and glory He’s prepared for His people.

 

Be encouraged by the work He is doing in your heart.

 

Your turn

[.] As a disciple-maker, you are also in need to experience Spiritual Transformation in your own heart.
[.] When in doubt give grace, love people, point to Christ.
[.] Celebrate each and all the fruit God the Holy Spirit may produce, in and through you.
[.] Remember Jeremy’s ministry

 

 

And, of course, if you would like to share your experiences with others, you are more than welcome to leave your comments in the section below.

 

Give by grace, create community, proclaim Good News.

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What is culture? It’s us, not them.

Playing fort and making disciples

playing fort

There was no better game for me, when I was a little child in Mexico, than “casitas”, or playing fort. And if it was a rainy day, it was even better, since we believed we had a real excuse to build a shelter – never mind the fact that we always played indoors.

Playing fort, in so many ways, is similar to the launch of a Connecting Point to make disciples in diversity.

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