February 21, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Recently one of our leaders wrote a practical definition of discipleship. It’s not the kind of ministry that happens under the spotlight and it doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it’s real. In fact, I think it’s what Jesus tried to do most of the time. Sure, there were always the miracle seeking crowds, but more often than not he tried to avoid them.
I wonder what the Body of Christ would be like if we spent more time pursuing this type of ministry?
“From the moment of first introduction, begin walking with the person in the direction of a full relationship with Christ, at the speed and level to which is appropriate for the individual. If the person needs to rest from the journey, we pause with them, continuing in loving relationship. If they suffer physically, we suffer with them and provide, as is possible. If they need to sprint to Christ, we clear the way. The closer we get to Christ together, the more obedient, loving and reproducing we all are. When Christ is found, go with them further on the journey walking alongside. And, when it is appropriate, we get out of the way and give them the freedom to explore their relationship with Christ in faith, service and leadership.”