go and do
In my Elementary Education classes, we've been learning how important it is to get our kids up and moving in the classroom, and how to incorporate fun, engaging activities into our lesson plans.
Did you know that learners retain:
10% of what they read
20% of what they hear
30% of what they see
50% of what they hear and see
70% of what they hear, see, and say
90% of what they hear, see, say, and DO!
Children don't necessarily care about the facts, they just want to go, see, and do! Kids just enjoy being around each other and want to do things together. They have such bright imaginations and very few things seem to limit them. This is why it is so important to have a child-like faith in our adult lives....
God calls us to be doers of the word, not only hearers. Jesus tells us in the Bible to "go and make disciples of all nations".
So how do we do this? Do we have to travel to every nation? Do we tell everyone we see about God's glory? Is this really possible to do?
While all of these questions can overwhelm us, it is so important to remember that all Jesus wanted was "a few men who would think as he did, love as he did, see as he did, teach as he did, and serve as he did. All he needed was to revolutionize the hearts of a few, and they would impact the world" (David Platt's Radical). We don't need to have these megachurches with mega conferences every quarter. We don't need to have huge social media followings in order to reach millions of people.
Disciple making was a commandfor us to go and share the gospel, not a call for people to come to us to hear it. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying not to go to church. It's so important to go and be filled with His spirit and to grow deeper into Him, but we can't only depend on the church. We, God's people, have to step out of our comfort zones and truly live like Jesus. We have to be genuine, committed, and self-sacrificing followers in order to spread the gospel. It's not easy, and may take a while, but this is because it's relational.
Discipleship is more than just sitting down for coffee and talking about life once a week for an hour at a time. It looks more like living life with one another. Each pouring into the lives of the other. Jesus lived his life forhis 12 disciples. He spent more time with them than anyone else during his time on this earth because he believed in them and knew that God had something amazing in store. Right before Jesus died on the cross, he told these men to go and make disciples, and they listened to His command. It all began with just a few...
We can read the Bible on our own all day.
We can go to church and hear the word every week.
We can watch God move in the lives of our own and others.
We can hear the word and see God moving.
We can hear the word, see God moving, and talk about Jesus.
We can read the word, hear His words being spoken, see God moving, talk about Jesus, and DO what the Lord has commanded his people to do.
I'll admit, I'm pretty good at reading, hearing, seeing, and talking to one or two people about Jesus, but not doing. I'm afraid to step out. I'm afraid of what people will think of me, even in reality, it isn't about me. The real reason I want to talk to others is for them to know about Him!! Talk about needing to get over yourself... it's a constant battle that many people deal with because we are human beings, therefore, very selfish at times.
So together, let's step out in faith. Me and you. Let's learn to be doers of the word, not just hearers. Let's go and do.
My question to you today is: Who, in your life, can you intentionally and sacrificially share the life of Christ with??
"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing" James 1:22-25
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19
"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:18
"For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:5-8
"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life." 1 Timothy 6:18-19
"Thus you will recognize them by their fruits." Matthew 7:20