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How to overcome the fear in disciple-making

 

Participation in the Great Commission – may it be among the nations or within your own family – can be very, very scary. Do I have what it takes? That’s a common question we ask ourselves when the magnitude of the task ahead of us is fully understood. We are talking here about presenting eternal truths, and human hearts being restore back to life!

And, of course, there is the fear of messing things up, of creating more problems that the ones we can actually solve.

What if they ask me a question I am not equipped to answer? What if they find out I am not an expert in how to live the Christian life?

Yes, terrifying.

Because of the particular mix of our sin and our American culture, one natural response to fight this fear is to choose the right teaching material. We look around for resources that have been proven successful in situations similar to ours. Once armed with the right book, DVD, web site, mobile app we feel as confident as the kid that is facing the darkness of the night, fully protected by the sad light of a candle.

 

I want to suggest, Christian, that you already know and possess the fundamental element that enables you to make disciples, among Hispanic American, among your children, among your co-workers.

 

It is God’s grace.

 

You are a living testimony that because of His grace, His Beauty – Person & Work – has transformed your own heart. If nothing else, you are Patience Zero. You have within you, because He has given it to you, what everyone else needs and it’s looking for.

 

It is God’s grace

 

Then, the first step to embark in making disciples is a constant reminder of His grace, for and in you. This is particularly important if you are engaged in disciple-making among Hispanic Americans, or in any other culturally diverse setting. Cultural differences are a very good source of misunderstandings, conflict and frustration. If you remember His grace constantly, you will be more prone to extend that grace to others, not expecting them to measure up to your own cultural preferences. You will be free to give yourself away freely, for His glory and for the benefit of others.

 

Just like the way the Lord Jesus Christ did it for you.

 

Because of His grace.

 

So, here is my suggestion on how to remember His grace constantly:

  1. Pray through the Gospel according to Saint John. Set apart 15 minutes of your time to do this. Read for five minutes, pray for 10. Yes, I know it will take forever to go through all those 21 chapters, but there is no rush here. Pray in any way His Word leads you to pray. If at all possible, do this every day.
  2. Give thanks to our King, often, for the opportunity to serve others, and in doing so, having the blessing of being an imitator of your Redeemer.
  3. Remember constantly where you were before. Celebrate constantly where He has brought you up to now.

 

Do you have any other suggestions on how to remember His grace? Please, share it here with us.

And, as always, if I can be of any help, just let me know.

 

Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate Constantly, All in Cultural Diversity

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  1. Alex Villasana

    I know that Option 3 is really counterculture: it is not good for our self-esteem, and it can be quite depressing. That’s why it is important to do both parts. We must remember the pit where He has rescue us from, AND we must celebrate the transformation He is working within our own heart.

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