Thursday, June 04, 2009

This week's lesson: discipleship

Jesus calls us to be "fishers of men."

Unfortunately, he doesn't believe in catch-and-release.

I say "unfortunately," because nobody has ever figured out an easy way to disciple believers. It's like losing weight -- we keep hoping somebody will come up with a miracle-cure that lets us avoid the old, tiresome slog of "eat less and exercise more."

You know -- something that melts away the pounds while we watch TV.

Guess what?

It hasn't happened.

Likewise, nobody's ever figured out a way to grow spiritually -- not without Bible study, prayer, worship, and service to others.

And when you add the fact that all this generally involves a lot of one-on-one contact with people -- people who have all kinds of problems . . .

Well, it would be nice if we could avoid this -- if we could just stay home, watch TV, and write the occasional check to the nice man in the white suit whose show is spreading the gospel to all those people out there . . . somewhere.

But in the Great Commission, Jesus told us to:
. . . go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).
It's not enough just to be a fisher of men, in other words.

No, as my wife likes to say, "You catch 'em, you clean 'em."

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