by Melanie Wai
I’m going to call an audible this week…go a little off-book. Hope that’s ok.
Sunday was Mother’s Day and I was out of town visiting my mother. My parents live in a small town in northeastern Oklahoma with a population of just over 8000, called Wagoner. It’s one of those quintessential small towns with a main street, mom and pop shops, historic houses that date back to Oklahoma territory days, and if you ever need to find someone or simply need a place to hang out, just go to the local Wal-Mart.
My husband and I had a wonderful visit with my parents and other members of my family that were also there. We went to church with them and attended their class and heard a sermon from their pastor and a lesson taught by my father. They recognized their graduating high school seniors and the Sunday school lesson was on 2 Corinthians. It was a great weekend!
You may wonder why I am telling you this.
I’m telling you this because no matter where we are, big city or small town. Big church building or small church building. City folk or country folk. We are all the body of Christ. We are all the church.
And God calls us all to the same thing.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. -Matt. 28:19,20
That is the great commission. And guess what. It’s for everybody.
Not just for pastors. Not just for missionaries. Not just for leaders.
That’s for you and that’s for me. We are all called to be disciple-makers.
In the sermon I heard on Sunday, the pastor, Mark Pointer, spoke of clay and the steps to making a piece of pottery. He spoke of taking advantage of the next 12 months and the opportunities that would be given to help shape and form the futures of their graduating seniors.
But what he was really speaking about, was discipleship. Because that’s what you do when you invest time in someone to help grow them in Christ. You come alongside them, walk with them through the centering and pushing and pulling. Through the good times and the messes. Through the trimming and the shaping, making deposits in their lives all along the way.
And anyone can do it.
Even those beautiful silver-haired folks in my parents Sunday school class.
As I sat and looked around that room, I thought, there must be hundreds of years worth of spiritual wisdom and experience in this classroom! Of life lived!
Discipleship can even happen from one generation to another.
You just have to step out. Don’t be afraid. Remember again what Jesus said…
And behold, I am with you always
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