Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Discipleship and Deadlines

I am a true believer of the Westminster Catechism's statement that "the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." The chief end of man is to enjoy God not work for Him. While I espouse this I also believe that life cannot be lived nonchalantly without deadlines.

Deadlines are important, without them very few things get accomplished. Without deadlines we will end up sitting around doing nothing. Ever noticed how quickly we accomplish things when we have to travel. All of a sudden the letter you should have written last week gets done in 20 minutes.

What took days to do is suddenly accomplished in a matter of minutes. How did you do it? What changed? Nothing, other than now you have a clear deadline. Our problem with deadlines stems from the idea that life does not have any. Big mistake life has deadlines. The most obvious is our limited time on this earth.

The length of our days is seventy years — or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Psalm 90:10

How does this apply to our discussion of discipleship?

Simply this, while it is true that discipleship is relationship we cannot flippantly use it as an excuse to sit around and wait for things to happen. Making disciples by building relationships is not a passive wish “hope it happens” attitude, rather it is an active, deliberate well thought of priority. Disicpleship requires extensive planning and an unrelenting passion to see people reached and trained. Life has deadlines!

Read: Prayer Power in the Gobi

1 comment:

Addison said...

These blogs are great! Keep them up Joey. Much love from Budapest.

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