God is not calling us to go to church; He’s calling us to be His church.
~ Craig Groeschel, Life.Church
It is very easy to let the Christian life be a spectator sport. One where you show up to church each week, sit in the same row and walk away with a good feeling. But, I’m convinced God doesn’t want us to sit idly in the stadium watching what goes on down on the field. He wants us involved. He wants us to play a part.
Get Involved in the Life of Another
I believe one of the greatest ways to get involved in what God is doing is by participating in discipleship.
Jesus demonstrated the model of discipleship for us through His intimate, personal relationship with His twelve disciples. He talked with them, ate with them and answered their questions. He heard their doubts, shared in their struggles and celebrated their victories. He was their friend, their teacher and their counselor. He built them up and He sent them out.
For Jesus, church wasn’t just a service you attended one time a week. It was a way of life.
If we are to truly copy Jesus, then we must take notice of this model of living.
Do you have a mentor?
Are you mentoring someone else?
It is time for us to BE the church by getting involved in discipleship. It isn’t difficult. It is just coming alongside another Christian and being their friend. It is talking about the real things that are going on in that person’s life one-on-one. Not the sugar-coated conversations that are typical of what occurs on Sunday morning, but the real stuff. Their doubts, their struggles, their fears, their goals, their desires. The pretty stuff and the not so pretty stuff.
Who do you know that could use a friend? Go be that friend.
Be the Church by Being a Neighbor
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10:36-37 NIV
The expert in the law began by asking Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Who should I love? Who should I be in discipleship with? Basically, Jesus answered that we are a neighbor when we are willing to be a blessing. This is being the church. Go and do likewise. This is a great way to copy Jesus!