“None of us has messed up so badly or gone so far off the path that Jesus can’t restore us, revive us, and commission us. In Christ, our legacy is entirely wrapped up in His glory.”
Inseparable, p. 62
In Chapter 4: Failure Commissioned we boil down God’s will to be: loving Him, loving others, and being and making disciples. These callings sound simple and they can be, but often in the reality of our daily lives they prove difficult. Loving God and loving others requires self-sacrifice. Discipleship and mentoring often require that we completely rearrange our lives. In light of the challenges love and discipleship present, it can be easy to either ignore these callings, or to put so much pressure on ourselves that we end up buckling beneath the weight of responsibility.
Read Romans 10:14-17, and this selection from Chapter 4:
The more you seek to love God and love others, the more “evangelizing” will come naturally to you. I used to think evangelizing meant I had to knock on strangers’ doors and immediately tell them they were going to hell and needed to get saved. But the more I started allowing God to shape me, the more I stopped worrying about “saving people” and started to focus more on obeying God. Now, I’m definitely not saying that we should just let everyone go on their merry way and never care about their standing with Jesus. What I am saying is that as we continue to allow God to rearrange our lives after His heart, we will (a) realize that it is the Holy Spirit’s job to convince people they need Him, and (b) cause some kind of reaction in people whether we want to or not. Sometimes that reaction is going to be negative. I really want people to like me. But the Spirit of God within me is going to rub some folks the wrong way. This isn’t license for me to go around being a jerk. We’re loving others, not out on a crusade, right? Will I at some points have to be painfully honest with the people I love? Yeah, I should hope so—I hope I love people enough to be honest with them. But I have to remember that it isn’t my job to save people. That’s God’s job. It isn’t my job to fight with people until they finally agree with me or write them off if they don’t. It’s my job to love them with words and actions, to pray that their response to the Holy Spirit within me is one of curiosity rather than repulsion, to pray that God would till the soil of their souls to be tender toward His truth and love, and to pray that I get to be a part of God’s work in their lives.
I hope that as we seek to glorify God by loving Him and loving others, that we will grow in our understanding of what it means to succeed at life. I hope that as we focus on God’s leadership in our lives, we get a clearer picture of who He wants us to be. I pray that as we continually seek His face, His love will pour naturally from our lives into the lives of others.
This week’s assignment is to read Chapter 5: Saint. In this chapter we will explore what it means to be holy and the continual struggle we have with temptation and sin.
This week’s discussion question:
Recall a time recently when you had an opportunity to “share Jesus” with someone. Was it a simple action, an involved conversation? Was it with a stranger, a loved one? Share your experience.
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