Getting unstuck from “Do as I say”

5 Feb

I hesitated clicking the publish button on last week’s post. Second thoughts over my wording troubled me. Would readers feel I was being too pushy or that I was pointing an accusing finger? But I couldn’t drop it and not post it. The truth of the matter is I was—pointing a finger, that is. However, I was the intended recipient. I hoped readers could empathize with my struggle and be challenged with me.

 

We’re not as we should be

I have sat through many teachings on why the church today doesn’t function as it did in the first century, and I’ve believed none of them. They come across as attempts to justify why we are weak—a fragmented likeness of what God intended. When Jesus, Peter, and Paul taught about the mystery that even the angels desired to see, they spoke about God’s new design for living among men. That design was not being replaced by another until the end of time. I believe that with my whole heart…up to the point of showing someone how to do it.

Can hardly imagine

I’ve known and long taught that every believer (that includes me) has been commissioned to “go into all the world and make disciples.” And I am firmer and more critical about the discipling is unto Jesus, not ourselves, our culture, and definitely not our politics. Yes, I have written blogs, posted opinions on Facebook, and spoken with others to stop the petitions, rallies, and demonstrations. Those are weapons of this world. We have been given better weapons, mighty weapons strong enough to pull down high places and impenetrable defenses.

I stand in my way

But I would become the poster child of Deer-in-the-Headlights Hall of Fame if someone turned and said, “Fine. Show us.” I can tell you, according to the promises in the Word, what should be. I lack experience in some things to be able to live out an example. I have yet to make that step across theory to practice in many experiences. That requires a new measure of faith. I see it. I want it. For me, it’s like squeezing through a narrow passage between two mountains to have it open to an expansive paradise valley. I get stuck in the narrow way.

You and me, Lord

Now, I think I have wrestled through all my thoughts regarding my word for the year “Come.” I know why it’s important for me to remember and keep returning to as I progress toward the end of this year. Imagine with me the Master of the Universe telling me to take his hand and walk with him and he will show me the way he wants me to go. It is at the same time the scariest and most exciting prospect. And, since I’ve already pointed out that I am supposed to be making disciples, I invite you to join me. The Lord’s invitation to draw near to him is for everyone.

2 Responses to “Getting unstuck from “Do as I say””

  1. Heather Roberts at 5:20 am #

    I think this disciplining thing has more to do with doing life together and less with having it all figured out and all your spiritual gifts in a row.

    Liked by 1 person

    • hillmenclan at 7:51 am #

      The Apostle Paul said to “imitate me as I imitate Christ.” What does that say to you? Anyone want to comment?

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