Becoming a Disciple
Read Ephesians 2:1-10
Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend our lives in helping others. Ephesians 2: 9-10 (TLB)
One day as Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew fishing with nets, for they were commercial fishermen.
Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow me! And I will make you fishermen for the souls of men!" At once they left their nets and went along with him. Mark 1:16-18 (TLB)
Bob Schiavone lives in Kentucky. Tee times, happy hour, concerts, ball games, and tailgating were normal events in his life until a poor decision led to his DUI. Bob's way of life was one of self-absorption, self-reliance, and self-destruction. He knew he had to change if he was to save his marriage, his family, and his career. Hearing his devastating news, a friend asked him this question: "Where is Jesus in your life? He needs to be your priority." For the first time in his life Bob heard the call to follow Jesus.
Bob's relationship with Jesus began with an Emmaus Walk, an intense four-day Christian retreat. During that time of surrender led by the Holy Spirit, Bob participated in early morning devotionals, spent time reading scripture, and prayed. When he returned from the retreat, Bob began serving God - first within his church and then through local ministries. The result has been a transformational journey, and Bob has found his calling leading a small group of brothers in Christ helping in the development of other disciples.
We read about two kinds of people in the Gospels - the crowds and the disciples. Crowds are curious but remain influenced by the world. That was Bob. Disciples live in the word and serve as the hands and feet of God on earth - using time, talent, and treasure. Now, Bob is a disciple.
Prayer: Father God, help us to let go and let you lead us where you need us. May we share with others your way of love and mercy, in Jesus' name. Amen.