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Oftentimes, when Christians talk about discipleship programs there is some kind of Bible Study or Small Group discussion on what being a disciple of Christ looks like. Unfortunately, many of these programs miss out on some of the steps Jesus took in making disciples. As an example, Jesus was with His disciples for three years. It wasn’t a six or eight week study. Instead, it was a daily, intentional focus on helping His disciples think differently about God, the Messiah, and even themselves.
The Apostle Paul, seemingly, understood the significance of Jesus’ strategy. Acts 19:8-10 reads, Then Paul went to the synagogue and preached boldly for the next three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God…So Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him…This went on for the next two years, so that people throughout the province of Asia—both Jews and Greeks—heard the word of the Lord.
Paul didn’t execute his plans quickly or erratically. In one of his plans, we see two years of slow, methodical, focussed discussion of the Gospel. This ultimately led to new churches, including the likely beginning of the church at Colosse.
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: Seemingly, Paul wanted to be sure that those who were going to help begin a new church were ready. How has God already prepared you to fulfill His plans in your life and the lives of others? In what ways is God still preparing you to fulfill His plans? Be specific.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know that You already have prepared me to fulfill Your plans and I know that are still preparing me to fulfill them. Admittedly, I don’t regularly pause to reflect on just how You have prepared me. Today, help me to see that You have been with me, You are with me, and You will continue to be with me as I live out the purpose You have for my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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