Monday, November 16, 2009

Make Disciples

For the past few weeks, we've been exploring this idea that community is messy-- and that it's in the midst of the mess that God brings change to our lives.

Some of you are reading this today and you are on the verge of giving up because you are tired from carrying the mess. You question your leadership. You question the point. You are tired and confused and frustrated. You feel burned out and think the lack of growth in your group is the result of a flaw in your leadership. My encouragement to you:

Stay the course.

What you are doing is fulfilling the role your Creator gave you to do. You are completing the mission your Lord and Savior has charged you to do. When he gave his last command, the Great Commission, he said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” He didn’t say go find disciples. He said go make disciples. That means it is work. And that requires us to embrace the mess and enter the mess.

Let's remember our mission is to make disciples...not simply find them.


At 9:50 PM, Blogger Bruce M. Axtens said...

This concept of "mess" also appears in Eugene Peterson's book 'Under the Unpredictable Plant'. The book is well worth taking the time to read.

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Pamela said...

Yes- you're right. We must stay the course.
After some tough challenges, you may think, "Lord, why?" But I thank you for the timely encouragement to keep pressing on. Go and make disciples of all nations. We must.

Because of Him,


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