I’m just started reading through Building A Discipling Culture as part of a small “huddle” group I am participating in with some other Christian leaders. We are talking about the invitation and challenge that Jesus offers with his call to discipleship. For example, Jesus invites us with a “Come, follow me” and then challenges us to “Go, make disciples.” Combine this with what I have learned about the mission of God and a narrative approach to theology along with my own desire to live as a follower of Jesus and I am really beginning to sense the magnitude of the challenge.
The following is an entry in my journal (yes, my moleskin) that I recently made that I think captures the joy I have of being invited to follow Jesus along with the magnitude of this challenge…
Only in recent months, perhaps a year or so, have I began to realize how much the call to follow Jesus is not a call to make Jesus a part of my story. Rather the call to follow Jesus is a call to become a part of his story which is God’s story. Yet by becoming a part of Jesus’ story, it becomes my new story.
I realize that this call is a life long learning endeavor, one that is much easier to speak about than to live out. So I am very thankful for the grace and mercy of God.
Having said that, this call of Jesus is something I gladly accepted and swore my allegiance to when I was baptized into Jesus Christ.
– K. Rex Butts, October 24, 2012
Of course, I attribute all of this to God’s work within me through his Holy Spirit. Praise be to God the Father, Son, and Spirit!