Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Discipleship and Philippine Adobo

The Philippine Adobo is the standard Filipino comfort food. Wherever you find Filipinos (and they are everywhere) be it in New York, London, Rome or Tokyo, you will find the adobo. It can be prepared with chicken, pork or chicken and pork combined.

This delicious Filipino staple can be made in many ways. People from Manila like it soupy. The Visayan version is drier. South of Luzon can be slightly sweeter. And the variations are as endless as the Japanese “gyoza” with recipes handed down through the generations.

While there are different kinds of adobo, there are essential ingredients that are found in all types. There's vinegar (suka), soy sauce (toyo), and garlic (bawang). The proportions might change, and other ingredients may be added (laurel leaves, black peppercorns, potatoes, onions, etc), but these three must always be present.

It is here that discipleship is like adobo, in that there are so many ways to do it!

A hair dresser I know shares as she cuts. A nurse serves and then shares. A teacher teaches and then shares. Some reach out in coffeee shops others at the PTA, still others at the soccer field. One is not necessarily better than the others they just happen to cater to their tastes.

But just like adobo, there are key ingredients in making disciples:

1. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This simply means acknowledging one’s faith which is placed solely on God. In short, making disciples is about leading people into making a decision to choose to live one’s life in pursuit of God.

2. Teaching them to obey God’s commands. Discipleship is about helping people live
their lives according to God’s Word in every sphere and area of life.

3. Finally, remind them that this is all about a relationship with a God who promised,
"I am with you always to the very end of the age."

Discipleship, like adobo, must be enjoyed! Enjoy the process! Experiment with different variations. Don't get stuck in a rut; find what works best for you and the people you're reaching.

Just make sure you don’t leave out the key ingredients and it will be another heart-warming masterpiece!

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.” Matthew 28:19-20

(credit goes to my son Joseph who gave me the idea for this blog)

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