We are called both to be disciples…and to bring others into discipleship! That means that disciples are ordinary people with lots of ordinary problems, but gifted by an extra-ordinary God to do what God calls us to do.
Disciples of Jesus seek to be faithful to the calling they have received. As baptized children of God, we are called to make a difference in the world around us. That means that we believe that lost people matter to God, and so they matter to us.
Jesus was sent to reconcile a lost world to God (Luke 15). We are called to reach out (Matthew 28:19), invite (John 1:46), and welcome all (Matthew 25:34-36) to build up the Kingdom of God. We celebrate with heaven when the lost find their right place with God through a relationship with Jesus Christ (Luke 15).
As disciples we believe in God and God’s gifts of salvation through Jesus, but we seek to do more than believe – we seek to act! We celebrate God’s gifts to us, but always in the context of “God’s work, our hands.” In other words, as disciples we know that God’s gifts are never given for us – they are given for us to use wisely for the sake of the world and for the sake of all of God’s people.
Sometimes discipleship is in the midst of our church life. Most of the time, however, our discipleship is out in the world – in our work, in our play, in our volunteering. In many ways God places before us the needs of people, and the opportunity to make a difference. We always do so, however, knowing that we are part of God’s work in the world. Through us the Holy Spirit works to proclaim the grace of Jesus in the world around us.
And for disciples, that’s all we can ask!