Tag: Jesus

2Feb

Disciples Making Disciples – Part 2

Life today, is not simple. For many people, life actually feels increasingly complex. We live in a day where we have many choices as to how we spend our time with all kinds of people and activities vying for our time and energy. The sheer volume of entertainment and recreation activities out there leaves most people in a state of anxiety – that they are missing out on something – all the time.

In reality, almost everything is noise.

If we are not careful, we’ll allow all the noise to keep us from engaging in the most important things. What are the most important things? Or to ask it a little more narrowly, what is THE most important thing? What is the most important thing we can give our time and energy to today? Tomorrow? Every day?

Are you ready for it? Are you ready to be blown away? Are you ready to be amazed? Here it is…

As a disciple, make disciples. Said another way, walking with God, help others walk with God. Or even another way, Living for Jesus, help others live for Jesus. Love God, help others love God. It doesn’t really matter how you say it. What really matters is, do we do it? Do we walk with God and help others walk with God? The average Christian can quickly take an inventory of their “christian activity” and relieve their conscience that they are walking with God and helping others walk with God. They attend church. They teach a Sunday school class. Unfortunately, so much of our “christian activity” is void of deep authentic relationship. We’re friends with people, but not family. We have a social connection, but we don’t feel like fellow soldiers. We simply keep things surface and check off our “christian activity” boxes.

Could it be that God longs for each of us to experience something more?

Imagine sitting down over coffee with someone once a week for a couple of months. Getting to know them, helping them identify where they, where God wants them to go, and what next steps to take. Rocket science? Not really. Need to be a bible scholar to begin? Nope. What is required to take your first step in making disciples? Walk with Jesus. Then what? Initiate a relationship with someone and FOLLOW THROUGH! What is required? Intentionality.

There are many, many equipping resources and guides out there to help shepherd discipling relationships. What there isn’t an abundance of is people willing to obey Jesus’ commission to “make disciples.” The secret sauce is intentional relationships and it has simply be left off the bun. As a result, most people’s christian experience is bland and boring.

Though our “christian activity” alone isn’t getting it done, neither is it the enemy to discipleship. Done well, a lot of “christian activity” can be an important and supplemental part of discipleship. The enemy to disciples making disciples is the absence of intentional, authentic relationships.

Chances are, the people that God wants you to disciple are right under your nose.

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for allowing all the noise to distract me from what matters most. Thank you for giving me another chance at living your mission. Show me who to disciple and give me the courage to take a next step. Help me not to obsess over the product or destination and help me to enjoy the process and the journey. Let’s do this, Lord Jesus for the glory of our Father!

(if you need a little more guidance to get started, email me – freddyt(at)fsbcs(dot)org.)

31Jan

Disciples Making Disciples – Part 1

Are you a disciple of Jesus? Don’t answer too quickly. Think about it.

If you don’t meet with Jesus daily, listening to him and learning from him in his word but you check facebook every day — then you are not a disciple of Jesus but you are a disciple of facebook.

If you don’t meet with Jesus daily, listening to him and learning from him in his word but you do watch television every day — then you are not a disciple of Jesus but you are a disciple of the television.

You get the point. The good news is that Jesus will disciple us if we meet with him. Unfortunately, the culture is just as reliable in discipling us too. Walking with Jesus, listening to him and learning from him requires discipline. If you are lazy, it isn’t going to happen.

So are you a disciple of Jesus?

What step do you need to take today toward growing as a disciple of Jesus? What is preventing you from a close, growing relationship with Jesus?

Jesus will disciple you if you let him.

 

26Jan

Seeing Reality in a Fresh Way

What helps you get perspective? A long walk. A good book. A night out. The mountains. The beach. Often times life can be overwhelming. Sometimes the way forward just seems clouded. In these moments we need perspective. We need the fog to clear. We need to see reality in a fresh way.

At FSBCS, we require our pastoral staff to take one full day each month to do nothing else but get alone and spend time with Jesus in bible reading, prayer and reflection. We do this for many reasons, but one of the reasons is to gain fresh perspective. Today was Keith’s day and I’m looking forward to hearing about the fresh perspective he gained with Jesus.

This afternoon, I found myself needing a little perspective. It was my first day back after being out for a week sick. I couldn’t wait to get back in the office and work. I had a super productive morning and then around noon I received a call from Susan telling me about our shower and toilet overflowing into the bathroom, through the walls and into the floor in the adjoining rooms. Our other toilet had overflowed in a similar situation the Saturday before. As the plumber arrived and began to assess the situation, it quickly became clear that we had a significant amount of damage that was going to be expensive to repair. I came home to talk with the plumber and the dry-out company. We made our calls to the home warranty and insurance companies. I began to wonder about the vacation we’ve been planning for this summer. I found myself a little overwhelmed and needed to get out of the house to get a little perspective. I grabbed my computer and headed for Starbucks to try to catch up on email. As I approached Starbucks I noticed police cars everywhere. The closer I got, I could see there had been a wreck. As I drove right up on the scene, one car sat completely upside down while another appeared totally smashed together. Perspective flooded my mind and heart immediately. I began to see reality in a fresh way. I had a several thousand dollar plumbing bill coming, but these dear people may have lost their lives. Someone’s spouse may be gone. Someone’s mother may be fighting for her life. Someone’s best friend may have just died. I needed perspective, but had no idea how it was going to come. I’m sobered and I’m thankful for my plumbing bill.

Do you need perspective today? What helps you have perspective? A day away? A night out? A weekend trip to the mountains? Whatever it is….Slow down. Be still long enough to see what God sees and the way he sees it.

Perspective.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

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