I’m not really against modern methods of discipleship, but recently I’ve been reminded of the power of Scripture to cultivate the heart.
There are many reasons to be engaged in making disciples. And there are also many tools to get the job done. However, not having God’s grace as the foundation for discipleship can be disastrous. His grace is not just the starting point for the Great Commission, but it’s also the ongoing support and motivation we need, if we want to be found faithful stewards of the gift He has given us.
Even now, after all these years following Christ, and being in full time ministry, very often I question my ability to make disciples.
Fear comes, quick and strong. Doubts show after every missed goal. And I wonder.
It’s with the answers to these questions, that He allows me to retake my footing. They are a reminder of the true nature of disciple-making.
Not only angry, but also depressed, and disappointed. It’s not only that I have all those reasons, I know exactly who to blame.
Believe me. I have a list.
If I have a good reason… Should I act upon that?
Disciple-making is a time consuming endeavor, for sure. But, if we are not careful, the very thing we are passionate about can distract us from seeing – and celebrating – God’s work in us
This is Mr. Alex. I know him, and his wife, since they started serving this community, years ago. You can trust him.
If trust is the currency when making disciples among Hispanic Americans, then this introduction showed how big of a positive balance we have, in that particular apartment complex.
The question is, How to use that balance to constantly cultivate myself and others, into humble followers of Christ?
Well, at the beginning of 2015, this is a very good time to address that question.
If I’m honest – at least in terms I feel comfortable with – the impact of my ministry has been very, very little. Compared to others in my denomination, it feels that I’m on the losing side of things. How did I address this sense of failure? In a way that any normal, regular pastor would do.
Something interesting happened yesterday morning, right before the worship service got started. I was deep into my thinking / planning mode, considering in what ways I could be more effective in His kingdom, this year of 2015. In other words, I was doing what I like to do the most, but focused on my own capacity.
Then, after a quick review of the sermon’s main point, I knew I had to make some changes.
This last week, I enjoyed a a family retreat, up in the mountains of north Georgia. It was a great time, made possible by the generosity of my congregation, in which I had the opportunity to read, study, pray, and plan for this 2015.
Of course, I have some crazy ideas of what I would like to see happening, in the way I follow Christ in humility, but also in the way those around me experience some Spiritual Transformation.
And since disciple-making starts with the heart of the disciple-maker, I decided to start with a personal evaluation of where I am, right now, in my walk with the Lord.
What if I were to give away my gift with no strings attached, with no agenda other than being a blessing for someone else?
This may be a good way to start this new year.