It’s the season, I know. Each time, when the end of the year is this close – 2017 is only a few days away from now – I always get into the frenzy of reviewing and setting goals. This year it is particularly more demanding, because of the current stage of my service to others; it is at a very critical part of its development, and almost every single detail, no matter who simple it may seem, has a big repercussion in the whole of it. In the midst of all this, the LORD reminded me of how much He has restored me with a very simple indicator of His work: my delight in prayer.
I am reading a book – the story of L’Abri – that has challenged me in an unexpected way: Do I really believe all of what Scripture talks about? Do I believe there is but one God who is personal, intentional, holy? Do I believe He responds to His people’s prayer?
The truth is that I do and don’t.
Then, to die more to the flesh, to decrease so that He may increase in me, to express real concern for those who are not like me, to see Him more clearly He has moved me to pray for the impossible. Yes, the impossible. This morning I started praying for something that, unless this personal God who is there and is neither silent nor inactive intervenes, will never happen.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.
Just a brief audio note about why we are pursuing our passion for disciple-making in a culturally diverse setting.
And yes, I was driving around while I recorded this.
Serving others in cultural diversity removes all the hiding places, all the cultural shields (idols?) I like to use to create a comfort zone. But it is there, where my heart is stripped down to its raw core where I can see what I really believe. It is there where my true identity is clearly exposed. It is there where I can really rejoice in what He has accomplished in me.
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.
#discipleship #hispanic #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.
Cultural diversity starts just outside your epidermis. A difference of opinion, different preference on food – or how to eat it – constitute another Culture Circle. So, you do not have to wait until you are among people totally different than you, to start fueling your passion right, and making disciples.
Yes, they are. Clearly, on the surface we may look different – skin color, language, food preferences – but when you compare what’s deep inside each of us, you’ll find out that we have the same basic needs, longings, and fears.
It’s at that depth where the Good News operate, and it’s effective. This is the very reason we can, we all can, make disciples even in a culturally diverse setting. #hispanic #discipleship #culture #challenge
We attempt to make disciples for many reasons, but the main motivator should be the possibility of being there, front and center, when God the Holy Spirit does His work of restoration. It could be on the heart of some of the people we are serving, or it could be on our own heart – yes, Spiritual Transformation is also for the disciple-maker.
This transformation is easier to see when discipleship takes place in a culturally diverse setting, when you serve others who are not like you. #discipleship #hispanic #diversity #culture #seeinggod
The fear of offending others is very real, when making disciples in cultural diversity. This is particularly true serving among Hispanic Americans, due to the current political environment in the US. But, in His providence, God has given you a very powerful tool, to bridge those differences: your testimony.
How ready are you to share it? #hispanic #discipleship #testimony