two-way street

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Image credit: arcady31 / 123RF Stock Photo

One of the most humbling things about making disciples is that it requires us to accept help from people who do not yet know Jesus. In fact,

Jesus assumes that lost people will care for those who are sent to point them to himself!

That is why Jesus sent the Twelve without any provisions (Matthew 10:9-11) and why he told the Seventy-Two to rely on the people he was sending them to reach for their food and housing (Luke 10:5-7).

In short, making disciples is a two-way street!

One way I am practicing this principle of seeking help from those I am seeking to reach is by asking them to pray for me and my family. As you might expect, my prayer requests get mixed reactions. For example:

  • One person glossed over my request and redirected our conversation – and that’s ok.
  • But another person prayed for my family – and discovered God in a new, powerful and personal way when He answered that prayer!

Your turn:

  1. How are you seeking to receive from those you are sent to reach?
  2. In what ways is God using the humility of you asking for help to accomplish His purposes?

Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences!

4 thoughts on “two-way street

  1. Very appropriate. We need to know, believe and understand that making disciples is not dependent on finances, but rather our availability. Resources are available wherever disciples are. We help others by inviting them to be an integral part of the mission, from start.

    Today we had believers contributing again towards building the church toilet because I decided to leave the completion (last quarter) to the new believers. We don’t have the resources but I had already calculated the cost of blocks. They responded with commitment in gifts in kind, and will build if I bring the necessary tools. The blocks were already in the hands of one disciple, she just needed to be provided the opportunity to give.

    They have also started to contribute partially towards petrol so I can get to them and back. Sharing of resources, meeting needs, as the early church did in Acts – it is a vital part of discipleship. I don’t we serve God’s purpose without being willing to receive towards the work from those we are reaching.

    It is also pivotal in them following the command to give. After the recent flooding in Mozambique, and having some Mozambicans in the community, we have decided to take up an offering for those needing help in their home towns. These are poor but recognising their part in God’s plan.

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    1. Hi Dean, thanks so much for sharing those examples. They do a great job of underlying that neither making disciples nor giving is a question of finances, but a question of our obedience.

      I appreciate following you on twitter (@DeanAleRoux) and look forward to more interactions.

      Kirk

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