My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Discipling. Being discipled. How do we do we make those constant in our lives? It’s simple to forget what God calls us to do in the face of our daily tasks, but it’s oh so important. Every day we need to disciple. Every day we need to be discipled. It’s a beautiful circle that should be a constant flow feeding our souls as we feed others. But it doesn’t always turn out that way. Life flows into the clear stream muddying it and eventually cutting it off, drying us up. When your life “is ministry” it’s even more difficult. Either we get caught in the false belief that we don’t need discipling because, well, we’re missionaries!! Or we think that just being is discipling and we stop intentionally finding opportunities to encourage others.
This month we are praying for God to continue teaching us about discipleship, specifically in relation to our national coworkers. We see and work with them every day, but are we reaching out to them and being humble in allowing them to reach back? A year ago my wife started a women’s prayer group that involves all the women of the branch, not just nationals or expats. It was hard for her to do, continues to be hard when that Tuesday lunch rolls around, but I’ve seen God bless her and others. Instead of shirking the inconvenience or logistical weight of it, the women are gathering and tying binds that will be hard for the devil to break.
Pray with us this month that as individuals and as a branch holistically, we will be seeking out discipleship opportunities, and that we wouldn’t be blind to what He is putting in front of us.