Hi everyone –
This past Sunday morning I described discipleship as living according to God’s “story” for creation, not the world’s “story.” I then invited everyone to think of one small thing they could try to do in the upcoming week as an act of discipleship, to write that idea down, and then bring it to the altar and give it to God.
Melissa and I were then blessed to witness a beautiful scene. As the Spirit moved within and throughout the worshipers – one by one and in groups, from various rows and aisles, young and old alike, long-time members and first-time visitors – there was a stirring. Looking out into the sanctuary from the chancel area, we were inspired by the sight of people coming forward, offerings in hand, to give themselves to God.
Each one a beloved child of God, wonderful and unique as a person, offering one particular gift; the whole community moving together with common purpose, united as the body of Christ, manifesting corporate faith through acts of discipleship – it was a miraculous blending of unity and diversity that, for me, was truly a “reign of God” kind of moment.
And now – it has been a few days since Sunday. If you don’t mind my asking: How’s it going? How are you doing with that “one small thing” that you offered to God last Sunday morning? Have you done it yet? Have you tried?
I did mine! I brought communion to six of our members who have been unable to get to church for a while – so Paula Roach and I brought the church to them. It’s a small thing, just six people, a few minutes chatting, a prayer, a bit of bread and a sip of juice.
A small thing for one person to do, but I’m relying on all of you to do your “one small thing,” too. That way, with each of us doing what we can where we are, with God’s help, we might just change the world. And that’s what I call discipleship!
Grace and Peace,