Typing this post from my “new” computer. Gabe decided he’d rather loan me his MacBook Pro indefinitely than be on perpetual tech support call for my ridiculous Dell laptop that refuses to do any number of things I ask it to do.
Anyway. Chapter 5? ROCKS. Of course I realize that some of you are fed up with this book (and David Platt and all your fellow readers-along). Others of you aren’t fed up so much as overwhelmed. And still others are so far behind you wonder if it’s worth it to keep going.
It is so worth it.
I’m going to write a couple (or three) posts this week on different aspects of this chapter, because I have so much to say. (Shocking.)
*One thing I’ll chat about later is how Bullen (the African guy at the beginning of the chapter who wants to impact the world) reminded me of a teenager we met in Cambodia (and his older brother). Two young kids, fresh out of high school, already impacting the world for Christ.
I don’t want to make this post all about the buzzwords and catch-phrases that appealed to my personality, but I’ll be honest that there was a lot that resonated with me. Like Jesus inviting us to join him on the “surprisingly simple journey” of spending our lives for others’ good and God’s glory (87).
And the “general vagueness” that exists when we start trying to make Glorifying God a real, tangible, in-the-flesh thing instead of just a nice sentiment.
I’m with David Platt when he “marvels at the simple genius” of Jesus “simply, intentionally, systematically, patiently walking alongside twelve men” (93). And when he reminds us that disciples aren’t made overnight. And that there’s no effortless formula for impacting the world for God’s glory. (Darn it.)
Instead of a formula he gave us people and said, “Live for them. Love them, serve them, and lead them. Lead them to follow me, and lead them to lead others to follow me. In the process, you will multiply the gospel to the ends of the earth” (93).
*I’m also going to come back to this quote that just floored me: “Disciple making is not a call for others to come to us to hear the gospel but a command for us to go to others to share the gospel. A command for us to be gospel-living, gospel-speaking people at every moment and in every context where we find ourselves” (94).
And what did you think about this: that “we will multiply the gospel only when we allow others to get close enough to us to see the life of Christ in action” (99). Did that part scare anyone? How comfortable are you with people getting close to you? The real you.
The teacher/nerd in me loves the idea of “the world as a perpetual classroom” (99).
And the exhortation to be a reproducer not just a receiver (102). Gulp.
*And oh my goodness, we could spend all day on how “in our Christian version of the American dream, our plan ends up disinfecting Christians from the world more than discipling Christians in the world… Disinfecting Christians from the world involves isolating followers of Christ in a spiritual safe-deposit box called the church building and teaching them to be good” (105).
Oh. My. Word. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.
So, basically I’ve shared none of my own thoughts and just parroted all of my favorite quotes and ideas from the chapter. But that’s okay. Because I’m looking forward to dialoguing with you this week about what YOU think of all this.
Here’s what I’m dying to know:
1. How are you struggling with “bringing glory to God” in real, tangible ways?
2. What are some ways you already feel God calling you to make disciples?
3. How could you take steps toward becoming more of a reproducer than a receiver?
4. Do you find yourself (and your kiddos) isolated from the world in a spiritual safe-deposit box? How can we break open that box?
5. Share something God has done in your life/heart in the past few weeks as you’ve read.
I’m really excited to get chatting with all of you. Looking forward to learning from you and growing with you this week!
*The asterisks are just to remind me which points I wanted to elaborate on in the next few days.