12 ways to understand being a disciple for 2012

From my 1.1.12 sermon:

  1. You could be baptized.
  2. You could start to understand that God doesn’t want us all to be the same. He proves that by not making us all the same. For some of us, that means that we have the freedom to not try to be someone else. For others of us, that means we have to quit trying to turn people into us.
  3. You could figure out how to have the first thing you do every morning be to offer up your life to God. To every morning honestly say, “you are God, I am not. I’m glad you love me.”
  4. You could spend some time not thinking about the follower part of being a follower. Instead, think about the Jesus part.
  5. You could design a program of spiritual growth for people who aren’t engineers.
  6. You could stop asking Jesus to fix things and being disappointed when he doesn’t. And all the while, Jesus is saying, “I’m with you. Yoo hoo, I’m with you.” When you stop fussing, when you stop telling me how to run the universe, I’m here.
  7. You could actually believe that there were lots of people living while Paul was alive that were not Paul and yet were completely committed to following Jesus.
  8. You could for a month give up reading any stories but Matthew Mark Luke and John. Because the way to get to know someone’s voice is to listen to them. The way to learn to talk like someone is to listen to them.
  9. You could remember that Jesus corrected the people he loved but he still loved them.
  10. You could remember that Jesus called us to obey more than he called us to point out sin.
  11. You could laugh.
  12. You could decide to respond to Jesus’ call to follow.


You can hear the whole message. And I’ll probably expand on some of these in future posts.

12 thoughts on “12 ways to understand being a disciple for 2012

  1. Rich Dixon

    In your message you essentially said, “Pick one.”

    Great way of getting me to listen to my heart and hear what God’s telling me instead of checking items off the list.

    Since I’m an overachiever, I hear an internal click on two: #3 and #6.


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