Recently I had a very honest conversation with myself, about where my ministries are. The picture is not ideal, but it is clear: I need Him, and He is faithful. Holy faithful.
One of my mentors told me once “You are not the answer to our church’s challenge in serving Hispanic Americans.” He told me others may believe that, since I was able to speak the language, but he reminded me that is only Him who can accomplish such a thing. The more I try to be faithful to God’s call for me, the more I realize the weight of this reality.
It may be romantic, trendy, and a little like living on the edge, but serving among Hispanic Americans is not an easy task. Why, then, would any one want to try to make disciples in this setting, intentionally? Because a culturally diverse setting will, for sure, be used by the Spirit to show you your heart. In cultural diversity there is almost no room to hide your idols.
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When things do not go exactly the way you wanted, and they go mostly in the worst way possible. Even then (specially then?) we must remember the End Result of discipleship: to be cultivated as humble followers of Him. Yes, that means it will be painful. And yes, it means it is all about Him, and not me. When making disciples among Hispanic Americans, we must remember the very fluid nature of this ministry, but we also must remember that, regardless of the cultural setting, He remains faithful, relevant, and communicates with us clearly. #discipleship #hispanic #howto
We are blessed beyond the craziest dream. And all these blessings – when we mixed them with our sin – produce in us a false sense of reliability on our strength, making the very thing we are good at – a gift from Him – into an idol. Because of our sin and cultural preferences, it is very easy to forget Who is in charge. #hispanic #discipleship #howto
If you want to know what your passion is, if you want to be sure you know your spiritual gifts, then be sure you are all in, that you put yourself out there – among people who is not like you – where it would be easier fro you to see Him in action, and where it would be easier for you to know your total dependency on His grace.
Yes, cultural diversity is that good for you.
The temptation to ‘be done’ with discipleship is very high. And this expectation of producing mature followers of Christ in a specific length of time can be very frustrating, specially when serving in a cultural diverse setting. We must remember that He will never be completely done with us, as long as we remain here. But, one day, He will be. He will finish. He will win. Totally.
When confronted by real challenges in this life, it is very encouraging to see the evidence of His work of redemption in one’s heart. It demonstrates – to us first – that He is faithful and that He is actually changing us. Yes, to see Him in action is better than working for NASA.