Yesterday was a rough day, our family dog (Boss) passed away at 1:30 am and so with little rest and a bit of an emotional day, I did not write anything. So, I pick up day 4 of the discussion on discipleship today. I was reading in Romans 10:14-15 today:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (NIV)
Charles Spurgeon said, ” What a mass of rubbish people have interjected into this simple plan! How different this is from the cumbersome, complicated plan by which men would destroy their souls. Cling to the old-fashioned gospel and never turn away from it!”
He was right then and it is right now, the plan of salvation is simple and so why should discipleship be any more complicated. The last three posts, I really focused on identification of the mission (Day 1), the mission is personal (Day 2), and the mission is sacrificial (Day 3). Today I want to focus on how we start the mission of discipleship.
If we can believe that God has us right where we are for a purpose and live that way, it will be easier to be a life-giving follower of Jesus. I watched GI Joe as a kid and the mantra, knowing is half the battle rings true. If you know you are somewhere or with a set of people on purpose, you are set to allow the Holy Spirit to use you. So, what relationships are in your life right now? Does he just call us to build relationships with church people? We should also be looking at our workplace, social circles, neighbors and make an effort to build a relationship with them.
Maybe they would never step into a church building, so your life and your responses to circumstances will be a closer picture of the gospel than a service on Sunday. We throw out the excuses and know that God will not leave us to fend for ourselves; instead, the moment we step out in faith and begin to speak or react with the gospel, lives will be changed. I think my largest frustration, is not knowing whether my intent has the impact I desire, but let us not forget that we may just be planting seeds.
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. – 1 Cor 3:6-9 (NIV)
With that in mind, we need to start seeing other believers as partners in this discipleship effort. Trust one another, love one another and the world will see the greatest picture of Jesus.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35 (NIV)
So, who has God put in your life?