What a great weekend we had with Steve Minor! I know that many of us who attended were challenged by Steve’s lessons. As important as times like that are, maybe what’s more important is the time afterwards. It’s easy to hear that you need to make changes and commitments when it’s being said but what about in the days, weeks and months after that challenge? If you didn’t or weren’t able to attend, then let me encourage you to get a copy of those lessons or find them on our website and listen to them.
There are several conversations that are happening about that very thing. Some will go on for a while as people dream and consider about ways that we can be more intentional in how we approach some areas of ministry.
I want to give you a challenge. In Luke 9:23, Jesus says “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Jesus is giving a perfectly clear and challenging description about what it means to live as a disciple. There’s a word in that verse that I think many of us skip over. That word is “daily”. Being a follower of Christ isn’t a one-time decision. You don’t make it when you decide to be baptized and then never consider it again. Following Jesus, being his disciple, ministering to families and individuals is a decision, a choice that we must make every day. It takes study, discipline, and commitment. Every day we must choose to be the person that God has called us to be, and how do we know who that person is? We study and pray. Every day we must discipline ourselves to stand up against the world and its influences. Every day we must make a commitment to follow him.
Doing things differently is awkward at first. It’s uncomfortable. Why? Because it’s different. I don’t know what kind of changes are coming but I am committed to making the ones that will honor God. I’m going to work on it daily.