Chandler had a birthday yesterday and the present I got was when he decided he wanted to share with me a text he had gotten from the youth director at our local church after attending summer camp. In it he expressed what a stud Chandler was becoming and that he hoped he could spend some time with him in the future.
Hearing about this prompted Marti to say that youth directors should be paid twice what pastors get. She was referring to their importance in such a significant time of life when a person is forming their belief systems and choosing their friends. It was a youth director who led our two adult children to the Lord when they were in high school and baptized them in the Colorado River. We want to kiss this man whenever we see him.
Then I got to thinking, Why do only youth directors do this? When did it become okay for pastors to preach sermons and spiritually massage everybody once a week? Why aren’t pastors looking forward to spending time with members of their congregation and imparting truth through their lives, and when appropriate, baptizing them in the nearest body of water?
Then I got to thinking some more. Why do just pastors do this? Why don’t we all do this? Aren’t we all called to be disciples of Christ who go out and make other disciples of Christ? And how do we do that? By spending time with people and imparting truth through our lives.
That really, in essence, is what discipleship is. It’s not a 40-day curriculum or a 12-week seminar. It’s walking alongside people, opening your life and imparting everything you can think of that Christ has imparted to you. It’s not really that difficult.
It can all start with a text: “Wow. Look at the person you are becoming! I’m so looking forward to spending some time with you in the future.”
Come on, you guys (and I’m speaking to myself here as much as to you) what else is life for?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)