BURGERS AND BIBLES
Last night I took my son and another young man from our church out to dinner and then headed to the store to buy the young man a Bible because he didn’t have one of his own.
We had an awesome time hanging out, and bonding as we chowed on some juicy Red Robin burgers and later chased my two year old around the book store. While I’m filled with joy about the conversations and connection we made, I’m also grieved that to this point, nights like these have not been an overly regular occurrence in my life. It’s so easy for me to fall into being all about “me” and “my family” and “my kids” and I forget about others.
As Christian men and women, we are called to be examples. It’s our charge to bring up the next generation of children and new believers by teaching them about Christ and modeling, for them, love and good works (see places like Titus 2 and 1 Thessalonians 2:8). Yes, this takes time and effort but it’s the very form of discipleship that we are called to. It’s something we all must prioritize, if we are going to live out the great commission given to us by our Master.
I’m not perfect and definitely have not “arrived” here but may I challenge you a little?
When’s the last time you took a young man or woman (if your a woman reading this) from your church or neighborhood out to dinner? Have you ever just offered to take them to the park, play catch or bring them along shopping with you so you could get to know them and be an example in their life? How about another brother or sister in Christ? Do you only see them on Sunday or Wednesday at a Bible study or do you go out of your way to weave your life into theirs?
YES, IT TAKES TIME
We’re all called to discipleship in some form or another and, yes, it takes time. Blending our lives together can sometimes be inconvenient and uncomfortable but if we’re to love and bear one another’s burdens, it must be done. Let us go about creating opportunities like this to invest into the lives of others and disciple them! I’ve found discipleship to be mutually beneficial and it’s exactly what God has commanded for His people. Let us follow the Biblical example of being devoted to one another in love and fellowship, while bearing with one another and encouraging each other to love and good deeds.
“Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:18-19 HCSB