5.08.2012

Disciple-Making... Simple

People love to complicate things! I don't know why, but we really do. Often times we underestimate the simple plan. We forfeit it for the ginormous, mega-plan. 




When I was in college, one of my favorite classes was American Literature. The one book that made the biggest impact on me was Henry David Thoreau's Walden. In chapter 2, entitled "Where I Lived and What I Lived For", Thoreau writes,

"Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail."

I don't know why, but there has always been something attractive to me about simple living. In fact, I found this simple philosophy so attractive I adopted as a major influence on my early ministry.

So, how do we make disciple-making simple? Our first step is to understand discipleship in its simplest form. I believe that can be summed up with two words: Hear & Obey.

Discipleship is simply hearing God and obeying Him. And that will never happen until we commit to set aside time to daily seek Him out in prayer and scripture.

Make time to abide in Him. Only then you will be fruitful and able to make disciples.

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