LILIC (Lessons I Learned In Church – The “c” is silent, so it sounds like the lily flower.) are recaps of what I learned from church the prior Sunday.
Last Sunday’s sermon was conducted by Pastor Ricky Sarthou in CCF church extending what was said on the prior sermon (Read about Purposeful Acts of Power here). He presents the question: are you making disciples as Christ ordered?
Usually, we look at our abilities and inabilities to determine whether we can and should do something or not. If we want to participate in a Broadway musical, for example, we introspect that we may have singing talents but not dancing and conclude that it’s better to simply participate in an opera or our role must not have any dancing involved. Here we looked at our abilities from our own perception. However, the Christian mentality is much different. Instead, we must look at our God’s abilities, and we must view everything from a Godly perception.
With help from the Holy Spirit, ordinary people are turned into extraordinary people who do extraordinary things. Pastor Ricky spoke of a few stories in which ordinary people completed extraordinary tasks:
3 year-old Alexandra:
Alexandra’s parents would drive around and point out fire stations, police stations, and hospitals – places to go to for help. They had made a game out of it to ensure that their daughter knew these places and understood their importance. One day Alexandra and her father were the only people home. He had accidentally consumed the incorrect mixture of prescription pills and soon passed out. So, what could Alexandra do? She’s just a three-year-old, she knows no medical training and simply shaking her father hadn’t worked. Alexandra walked all the way from her house to the nearest fire station, about three blocks away, all by herself and told them, “Help! My father is frozen!” The firemen were amazed at her bravery and thanks to her, her father did not die.
Poor man makes disciples
Another interesting story, more closely related to the topic at hand, is the story of a poor man who made disciples. This man had nothing; he was living in a small efficiency and had no money. He lived far from his church and could no longer afford to catch a taxi to and fro so he would walk to church everyday. Other men would notice this but as they began talking to him he would share the Gospel. Later, he would have made 11 disciples for Christ and soon after this grew to 56 men he had discipled to.
Ask yourself these three questions:
- Am I more like Jesus today than yesterday?
- Am I making disciples for Him?
- Am I glorifying God through my life?
Do not limit God because of your inconveniences or inadequacies; do not disobey Christ’s order to make disciples just because you may feel ordinary or even afraid. “God did not give us a spirit of timidity but of POWER” (2 Timothy 1:7). A Godly woman, Rebecca Pippert said that, “Being an extrovert isn’t essential to evangelism; obedience and love are.” In our Christian society there are no benchwarmers and on-lookers, every follower of Jesus should be a discipler for Jesus.
Who must we disciple too?
In short, everyone. This includes nonbelievers, Christians whose actions do not show Jesus is worth living for and even our other brothers and sisters. However, we must not only disciple to people we know we can win over (as discussed in the last LILIC) for fear of rejection, differences, and personal inadequacies. Make Jesus known to everyone you come in contact with; He’s worth it.
So, whatever is holding you back is never something that should stop you from following out Jesus’ command. To ignore it is blatant and overt disobedience; as followers of Jesus we should want the whole world to know what it’s like to believe in Jesus Christ and serve the magnificent God we serve.