We seek to make disciples through Shalimar United Methodist Church. Lent has begun and these forty days offer us a fresh opportunity to grow as disciples and make disciples of Jesus Christ. When we speak of growing as disciples, we may think only of what must be given up, but have we ever thought about what is lost by non-discipleship?
Dallas Willard, in his book The Great Omission, speaks convincingly about this when he writes “non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, non-discipleship costs you exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (John 10:10). The cross shaped yoke of Christ is after all an instrument of liberation and power to those who live in it with him and learn the meekness and lowliness of heart that brings rest to the soul.”
Additionally, we can reference the fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22 which include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and faithfulness. If we live the opposite of these fruits and bring out the worst in everyone, how much do we lose? In the Kingdom view, when we live the fruits of the spirit how much good springs forth in everyone? We gain such abundant lives living as disciples and others gain from our joy as well!
As Lenten Season progresses, let us make the most of this opportunity to grow as disciples and make disciples. Let us consider the profound thoughts of the late Dallas Willard and let us consider all we lose when we choose non-discipleship and all we gain when we live as disciples!