Obedient Discipleship

Character:  Obedient Discipleship

As a leader, the very things that are at the core of your identity are the things that you are most likely to multiply.  You have to ask yourself:  Who am I at my center--both good and bad?  Those are the things that you start the journey with, and are what you put on the line as you commit to leading.  It's your DNA.

strand of dnaThe DNA you establish at the foundation of your movement is what will multiply.  If quality standards are low at the beginning, twenty years from now you’ll see how those low standards are now present throughout the organisation.  Whatever we start with multiplies as the movement grows, so we need to be very careful what kind of seeds we’re cultivating here at the beginning. 

In an attempt to get at the very core of the faith that we want to see multiplied, let’s start with two passages of scripture that virtually every Christian organization can be on board with: the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. 

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."  (Matt. 22: 37-40)

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matt. 28: 18-20)

So how are you doing--living out loving God and loving others?  Every minute of every day, that's what we're called to make happen.  This is the foundation of Obedient Discipleship.

Too often in the day-to-day work of the ministry, we lose sight of who we're called to be and what core, DNA-level characteristics we're called to multiply.  We jump ahead and forget the words of Jesus:  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  Without me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Consider:  How could it benefit your team and ministry if each person who was part of it engaged in wrestling with these types of questions?              

You can see the possibilities, especially if this was environment in which disciples re-imagined their Calling.  Would that set you up for Focused Ministry?

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