This week we’ve covered three aspects or “marks” of discipleship: Daily Prayer, Weekly Worship (which has a daily component), and Daily Bible Reading. Next week we will look at three more marks of the disciple’s life: Serving beyond the congregation, Nutritious and Nurturing Relationships, and Giving Generously. These marks of discipleship are what Jesus called the fruits of a life responding to the Call of God. I thank Michael Foss and his book, “Real Faith for Real Life,” for some of the insights I’ve been able to share with you.
We have two choices on how we live our life. We can live an outside-in life or an inside-out life. An outside-in life is living that is influenced heavily by what the world’s values. It affects individuals, parenting, marriages, friendships, and spiritual communities. Lives are affected by pressures, problems, and pursuits that come from outside of us. An inside-out life is a life lived with Christ at the center, influencing how we view the world and what we do to combat the forces of darkness and chaos. We have a master and a plan for living. Yet, many members of churches have abandoned the call to become a disciple for membership or a decision at some stadium event and think this is a substitute for the sacrificial life Christ is calling us to live.
Join me next week as we explore the next three marks of discipleship and how to put them into practice in our daily lives. Today, and this weekend, respond to the Call and live the life one step at a time. You will discover what Jesus said,
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10