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Message from Pastor Chris
Discipleship is a key component to the call of every believer and it is clearly spelled out in Scripture. At Way of Life, we want to make a strategic effort to emphasize it in our fellowship.
There is a real chasm that divides the believer and the disciple. A believer that is not a disciple is someone that is either disinterested, ignorant of or disobedient to the command from Jesus to make disciples. That is a true barometer to being a disciple. A disciple makes more disciples.
We want to be a fellowship that lives very different than the average believer. I so badly want to be a true disciple that I sometimes move ahead of God’s plans and lean on my own wisdom. As I learn to be a better disciple, I know my next step is to grow in the area of listening to the Holy Spirit and then have the courage to do what the Lord prompts me to do.
In Job 32 through 37, a young man named Elihu has great words of humility and wisdom for Job during his time of great distress. He eloquently recites to Job a speech that he believes is just what Job needs to hear. Not many believers would dare to be so bold as to approach a person that has been in faith longer than them and suggest that they have the answer to the problem that ails them. I know of very few believers that are bold enough to share a word that they received from the Lord to someone at all. These folks are brave and passionate and often right in what they hear from the Lord. Elihu’s words seemed to me to be right on and as I looked at them closely I would declare that this young man is strong in faith and would be classified as a disciple in my understanding… Until Job 38
In Job 38:2-3, God says, “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me."
What a shot to the gut! Elihu just spoke for six long chapters and the Lord declares that he doesn’t even recognize this guy and that his words were without knowledge. No matter how “good” I thought his advice and words were, I don’t know Elihu’s heart. God wanted to speak directly to Job.
What I am taking away from this is that God would have rather Elihu’s speech had been short and to the point or maybe he didn’t want him to speak at all. Maybe he should have said, “hey Job, God wants to have some words with you! Get ready to listen." Then he should have shut up and let the Lord talk to him.
Discipling others does not require us to counsel with many eloquent words of wisdom or knowledge. We just need to get out of the way and brace ourselves for what God has to say to us. That’s right! The disciple can’t disciple if they don’t listen to the Lord in their lives.
Are you nervous about taking the next step in your discipleship because you feel you don’t have the knowledge or wisdom to help lead others to Jesus? If you are then you are in the perfect place to be used as a great disciple. Remember, the apostles of Christ were just normal dudes. If you want to know how to be a better disciple, just shut you mouth, get out of the way, brace yourself and be open to whatever the Spirit is going to tell you.