Saturday, March 10, 2007

Discipleship and Velcro

In 1948 George de Mestral was out on a hike. As he returned home he noticed that his pants were covered with burrs from Burdock plants. Being an avid inventor he began to look into the burrs that were stuck in his pants. Under the microscope he found his answer.

He saw that the burrs had many stiff hooks. These hooks in turn hooked themselves on the hairy loops of the fabric of his pants. Eureka! From there Mestral had the brilliant idea of designing a 2-sided fastener. One side full of hooks while the other had soft hairy loops just like the fabric of his pants.

He named his new invention Velcro coined from the words velour (soft woven fabric) and crochet (a hooked needle). Today Velcros are used for just about anything. From garments, sports, travel, aerospace, engineering, medicine, education, the applications are endless.

Discipleship is very much like Velcro. It is helping those who have tender hearts to have multiple hooks in their lives that will cause them to walk strong with God.

Among those hooks are the:

Word of God, a vibrant relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, living in a church community where they can be guided and raised to maturity, a thriving prayer life and fellowship with other Christians.

In my own heart I have many hooks that come from over 23 years of reading God’s Word. I also have many hooks from experiences with walking with God. Then there are the hooks of church community that I have been a part of for over 20 years. Finally, I have learned to cultivate relationships with Christians from different denominations and streams.

I thank God for the men who started me of on the road to discipleship. They did not limit me to a few hooks that links only to them. When making disciples think Velcro.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

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