We can be so engaged with our methodology to make disciples, that we may be blind to the deepest source of delight and fulfillment on this earth: the presence and the work of the Triune God of the Universe.
Our preferences and idolatry.
Of course we are concerned. It is, after all, a matter of life or death. Eternal life or death. Disciple-making is the most significant endeavor we can dedicate our life to, on this earth. Yes, there are other cause, other desirable goals worthy of all our resources. But none of them comparable to being part of the reconciliation our God is working.
Then, it is just natural that we pay close attention to the process we follow to make disciples. It’s a good and necessary idea to know if such process is working, if everything is going according to plan with those we are making disciples of.
The problem with that attitude is that idolatry can easily grow out of it. We will fuel the idea that our cultural preferences – the conviction we have of what Spiritual Transformation should be like, in everyone – are the absolute standard the Triune God of the Universe will measure all his disciples by.
Keep the end result in mind.
To avoid such an arrogant position we must remember the end result of disciple-making. It is not about making disciples that look like us, followers of Christ with the same preferences than us. The end result of disciple-making is an ever-increasing desire and ability to follow Christ Jesus in humility.
Humility is the metric to use.
Humility will look different in different cultural contexts.
But humility – regardless of its context – will always translate into the ability to set aside one’s cultural preferences, for the benefit of others and for God’s glory.
Fulfillment & satisfaction.
Remembering the end result of disciple-making will also provide for your own fulfillment and satisfaction. If you remain alert, looking for evidence of humility in your own heart, and in the heart of those you are serving, then you will ready to see Him in action.
Christian, there is nothing more delightful than seeing God the Holy Spirit applying the benefits of the finish and complete work of God the Son, according to what God the Father has ordained.
Remember the end result, then, because Jehovah may show up and you may have the opportunity to see Him.
How are you going to react if Jehovah shows up in your service to others? In prayer, consider all implications.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.