“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Okay, I’m going to do a little shameless bragging. Not about me, mind you, but about my wife and three women.
Marti has a discipleship group. They meet once a week via video conferencing. It matters not that one is in California, one in Texas, and one in Washington; they meet for two hours every week face-to-face. They are Catch MemberPartners Marti has gotten to know through volunteer work and counseling. She picked them because they were teachable. It was the same quality Jesus found in His disciples. It mattered not who they were, or their station in life, or the personal baggage they carried; they were teachable, and they were faithful, and that’s all that mattered. Look what Jesus did with His group. They changed the world.
Last night these teachable women taught me.
Marti likes to keep switching things up with them so that nothing is the same from one week to the next. So they came to class with hours of preparation to find me there instead of Marti. They were initially surprised and happy until they realized I was going to do the whole session, because part of it included a 10-minute segment of teaching from each of them from a passage I have studied and taught hundreds of times. I even wrote a musical on it. They were somewhat intimidated, until they got started and their preparation and the Spirit of God took over. I imagined how this would go: “Well you got this and this right, but you missed this, this and that.”
Turns out they didn’t miss anything — anything of real importance at least. They came up with things I’d never thought of — ways of looking at it from other perspectives. In each case they told me a story from their lives that illustrated what the passage was all about. They had studied the Word well, but they engaged me in their lives. This was show and tell, except they didn’t have to tell me much, because they showed me everything. I was blown away.
This experience reminded me of the value of committing ourselves to one another to walk together over an extended period of time. These women have been meeting weekly for almost 8 months. The depth of knowledge of and love for each other was obvious. Numerous times they referred to things they knew about each other that I was not privy to. Those things serve to only deepen relationships. It’s not that they were keeping anything from me; it’s just that I couldn’t compete with 8 months in one night.
Walking together. Opening your lives to one another. Trusting each other. Imparting truth through your life. That’s what Jesus did. That’s what we need to do with someone. Check it out; it’s all in the red letter section of your Bibles.