A short meditation on what I can really do, when participating in the making of disciples within a context that is culturally diverse.
Well, I have been thinking a lot… again. I’m sure is my age. And again I found myself desiring a deeply simple way to define my ministry, my life. I am looking for the equivalent of the “God’s particle” in discipleship and service: a fundamental truth that defines everything else.
It has been a demanding search.
And I am not claiming I have found it, but I think I am more at peace with the conclusion I have reached.
Note: more at peace do not mean I am not struggling with that old companion of mine, pride.
Back to my research…
There are three things I can do, regardless of how the people around me respond. These components of my core service are a direct reflection of my own heart being cultivated to follow Christ Jesus, God the Son, in humility. I can, then:
- Tell the Truth, as often as possible in as many ways as possible and as clearly as possible. For this, I need to see His Beauty.
- Pray for those around me. With this, I will enjoy His Beauty.
- Model Truth-living, which includes daily expectation of God-given appointments. Through this, I hope to be there when opportunities to share His Beauty arrive.
There is also a fourth component to all this. In a way, this fourth component will be a reaction, a response that what the Triune God of the Universe is doing around me.
- I will invest my life in a covenantal shepherding relationship with the individuals He indicates.
What are the components of your core service to those around you? What standards / milestones / indicators do you use to find your way toward faithfulness, when making disciples in your context? Fell free to share them, here.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.