These are the fundamentals that drive almost all posts you will find here:
1. The Good News are powerful enough to overcome cultural barriers.
2. The Good News are powerful enough to redeemed our passions, areas of interest.
3. In this life we will never be done with discipleship.
4. Discipleship is also for the disciple maker.
5. He can use the pursuit of our passions / areas of interest to bring others unto Him.
This blog is about what traditionally is called discipleship, with a very particular interest in making disciples among Hispanic Americans. However, because there is a lot of different ideas about this topic, let me be more specific: this blog is about experiencing meaningful Spiritual Transformation, which translates into an ever-increasing ability to disregard personal cultural preferences, in order to declare that there is but one God – the Triune God of the Bible – and to be a blessing for others… specially others who are not like oneself.
Is this for me?
The call to make disciples is for all believers. However, because of the particulars of disciple-making within a culturally diverse setting, the following are some of the characteristics a believer called by God into this kind of service must have:
[ ] A desire to grow in your ability to follow Christ, humbly.
[ ] An interest in other human cultures.
[ ] An idea, a hint of what your spiritual gift, area of interest, passions really are.
[ ] The desire to see God changing your own heart, and the heart of those around you.
[ ] A drive to put yourself in situations that may be uncomfortable, for His glory and the benefit of others.
[ ] A mild tolerance to pain and suffering
The Four Elements
In order to experience that aforementioned transformation, you must pursue your passion (area of interest, gift) in the context of serving others, and fuel that pursuit with these Elements:
- God’s grace. Any other reason, drive, engine would simply not do. You must know His grace – and remember it constantly – in order to participate in this journey.
- A clear end result in mind. To know if we are going in the right direction we must know where we are going. Our final destination here is an ever-increasing ability to disregard one’s own cultural preferences, for His glory and the benefit of others. Humility is what we call this ability.
- A persistent process. Persistent as in never-ending. I know, it sounds like a lot of work… and it is. Discipleship is never done in this life. We will never finish. We will never graduate. Not until He comes or He calls us home. This process is more like a spiral than a straight line: it goes deeper, and deeper presenting the same eternal truths.
- A humbling environment. Here, what we are looking for is an environment where we can serve others and, at the same time, where it would be difficult to hide our idols, a place where our heart can be exposed so that we can see Him more clearly. Cultural diversity is that environment.
How to fuel your passion right
Most of the post here are based on my own personal experience. I am being cultivated as a humble follower of Him – Yes! even after all these years, even after the fact that I’m an ordained minister, a pastor, a preacher – and I’m trying to share what I’m experiencing, in an attempt to help others to follow Him, also.
So, these is what you can do to use this blog:
- Search for the topic you are interested on, or go directly to that Element’s section on the home page.
- Read the posts.
- Try to put into practice what you are learning, specially the principles presented at the end of each post.
- Come back, and write some comments / questions / suggestions. This is particularly important, as we try to help each other out.
Thank you so very much for your time.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.