Disciple Me

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Sustainability, mentoring, and collaboration are buzzwords in current leadership trends. We glean wisdom from the secular world, but there is an age old current that should be first priority in the life of a Christian leader.

Discipleship.

Jesus’ goal was making disciples. It was the command he presented to the world at his departure.

Christians are not instructed to become a mentor or build with sustainability and collaboration. We are to be Jesus’ followers and make disciples. There is a difference. Paradigms and methodologies are helpful, but never lose sight of the primary goal. Discipleship is our mandate. It will produce longer lasting results, besides.

Be a Disciple

1 Kings 17 introduces us to Elijah. Elijah was a prophet of God. Whatever Elijah said, came to pass. He was the real deal.

Before he was prophet, Elijah was disciple of the Most High. He was hidden by the Brook Kerith, alone with God and the ravens. There, Elijah discovered the art of abiding. He learnt to trust God, and listen to his voice.

First and foremost, we are disciples of Jesus Christ. We abide in him, and hear his voice.

From time to time in our Christian walk God gives us Brook Kerith experiences. Periods of awakening and enlightenment, where God personally ministers to us. Intervals of deeper reflection and revelation. Where we, like Mary, sit at Jesus’ feet. They build and equip us for things to come.

If this is your season, make communing with him your focus. Appreciate time with him. Soak in his love.

Those times in life are precious. But they are not reality. Elijah did not get fed by ravens forever. He had to go back to dealing with real life. Elijah was ministered to for a deeper purpose.

When reality hit, it was Elijah’s time to discipline others. Even if they were unlikely candidates.

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Bloom: For the Passengers of MH17 #FMF

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I have not taken part in Five Minute Friday for a while. Normally I only post twice each week. But due to recent happenings I felt to post again today. Joining with Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday and the inspiration BLOOM.

There is a field in Turkey blooming with poppies. Gallipoli. Where thousands of Australian men lost their lives in World War I.

As I woke today, I learned Australians flying in a plane across Ukrainian airspace lost their lives. A couple flying home from a holiday in Europe. A twenty-seven year old student. Their lives to bloom no more.

Sadness. Shock. Disappointment. What can I do?

Bloom.

Like the poppies swaying in the wind along the Gallipoli beach, I must bloom. Terror will not win. Fear will not overcome. I will bloom. For those whose lives have been senselessly snuffed out. I will bloom.

We will remember. We will bloom.

Unconditional Love to You

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John 13:34-35 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Earlier this week one of Australia’s most successful Olympians declared to the country that he is gay. His revelation has stirred all kinds of responses. Here is mine.

I am one of those Christians who believes that homosexuality is not God’s design. That is my opinion.

Everyone has opinions. Having your own point of view is good. I guarantee that you and I do not share the same convictions on many counts. That’s okay, we are different people.

For Christians there is a trump card that overrides every opinion: love. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

I don’t agree with a homosexual lifestyle. I differ with many people’s lifestyle and choices. Whether I agree or not is of no consequence.

I can disagree and not judge.
I can disagree and choose love.

As the interview “revealing all” was aired, another Australian sports person tweeted, “Unconditional love for you.” He played the trump card. Not the judgement card. Or the fear card. The love card. As Christ loved us.

Christ’s love conquers all. The world will be drawn as we raise the banner of His love above all else – including our own opinions.

So, my fellow Australian, Olympic hero: unconditional love. Retweet.

God Himself is Fire

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Hebrews 12:29 (The Message) God himself is Fire!

God is fire. He spoke to Moses through fire. He appeared to Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego in fire. He accepts offerings purified by fire. He takes earthen vessels and refines them in fire. Because He is Fire. The purest flame.

I need Fire. Purging flesh. Washing spirit. Breathing life into the soul. Restoring dreams. Kindling passion.

My soul desires Fire as the deer pants for water. As a dry and weary land yearns for rain. For in Fire am I inspired, cleansed, ignited, recharged, enthused.

Encounter Fire. He longs to burn in you.

Be amazing.