Through Lines and Disciple Making
Yesterday I introduced the idea of a through line, the big picture passion that allows us to fully engage in the more trivial parts of our daily endeavors. I shared the story of Curtis Martin, NFL Hall of Famer, and how he really didn’t care all that much for football. Today, I want to focus on a short section of Curtis’ induction speech:
My pastor at the time was a guy by the name of Leroy Joseph, and I’m so glad he was there to talk some sense into me. He says, “Curtis, look at it this way, man.” He said, “Maybe football is just something that God is giving you to do all those wonderful things that you say you want to do for other people.” I tell you, it was like a light bulb came on in my head.
I am convinced that one of the most important things that a pastor can do is help people make the connection between how they live their daily lives, and their call to work towards the expansion of God’s Kingdom. As we go about creating disciples who make disciples, we must help people understand the importance of their daily work, and how key it is for Kingdom expansion.
Several weeks ago I heard Bob Roberts Jr. share about how one of the keys to NorthWood’s success in the mission field is that they help people understand how their career has equipped them with the skills needed in order to share Jesus with the people of Vietnam. Regardless of whether they are a doctor, lawyer, landscaper, pastor, or ditch digger, they have the skills needed to help people better know Jesus… whether it is in Vietnam, or at home. Furthermore, their career gives them the resources, relationships, and respect needed to advance the Kingdom on a daily basis, as they involve themselves in disciple making… but it all starts with an individual through line.