Have you ever felt a void? Something that you knew was missing but you didn’t know what “it” was? Well, I’ve had this persistently nagging void (like a tooth ache) realizing that I’m just not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. But now the pieces are coming together.
Back in February 2012 I wrote The Great Omission verbalizing for the first time my frustration in not doing “my part” in spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ to all the nations of the world. And to be honest, I look at my life filled with ball practice, band practice, daily homework help, grocery lists, bills, etc. and figure that there really isn’t anything I can do. So, I give up and throw in the towel before I even make an attempt.
As God does when we don’t follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He’s kind of gotten out the jack hammer to beat this topic into us a little more firmly LOL.
In November 2012, Pastor Mike Hayes (Covenant Church) began teaching about “The Conversion and Discipleship Gap” (Nov 25, 2012) and “The Cost of Discipleship” (Part 1 on Dec 2, Part 2 on Dec 9, and Part 3 on Dec 16, 2012). They were amazing and really should be heard by all believers. They are available on the church’s website or by podcast. There is no easy way to summarize those messages. But he did a great job in challenging us to view ourselves and lives to see whether or not we truly are followers of Jesus. Are we willing to “take our cross” and follow Him? Or are we really just adding a little of God to our life but fulling intending to keep living the way we want to live and asking God to bless that?
While we were painting the home office, we listened to the Webcast of the Multiply Movement which outlines and teaches us how to make disciples. Namely, WHO is in your circle? Is there even one? One you work with, one that God has put on your heart, one that has come to you for answers? They said to show THAT ONE how to read the Bible, how to pray, and what being a disciple looks like (which doesn’t mean you are perfect. Look at the original disciples LOL). It doesn’t have to be to 100 people in a village in another country, it can be one person at a time, your one neighbor next door or one person that you work with.
Here is a short 2 minute video hubby played at his small group bible study Tuesday to challenge them to begin thinking about what discipleship looks like. Yes, we will still go to a church building and worship and attend bible study, but it’s more than that. It’s more than going to a building one hour a week. The video is called This Is Discipleship.
So that is our new goal and focus. I do not have to engage in the Great Omission when I can be part of the Great Commission. Wife, mother, paralegal and all. One person at a time.
And guess what else. If I can do it, you can do it too. Be faithful in the small things! Do what you can with what you have. Don’t look at what you don’t have and what you can’t do. Look at what you do have and what you can do with the resources God has given you.