We Choose Update
We should structure our lives so that we are being discipled and are serving and discipling others. David mentioned two obstacles that often stand in the way: Not allowing ourselves to be honest and vulnerable and not putting in the effort.
- How might you be pretending or going through the motions of church instead of being honest and vulnerable? Who really knows you and is able to speak truth into your life?
- In what ways are you expending emotional and spiritual energy to be discipled? Where and when are you putting in the effort to disciple others?
Paul gives us a direct template of how our community of faith should operate: we should restore one another, share each other's burdens, participate financially in the church, persevere in doing good, and be a blessing to everyone. Which of these commands is most difficult for you to obey? Who have you seen model one of these in your community, and how has it impacted you?
There has never been a time in history that so many things were available to satisfy our flesh; we have an abundance of distractions to keep us from structuring our lives like Paul challenges us to. What are your distractions? What does it look like for you to lay them aside to pursue the call to be discipled and make disciples?
We don’t just wander into a life of structured, sacrificial love and giving of ourselves—we have to be intentional. How are you going to be intentional moving forward? What is one area where you will take action based on this teaching?
Choose to love people based on structure rather than sentiment.
Sharing finances with the church should be an ordinary, structured part of our lives. As a local church, we do not want to give under compulsion but as a part of our own discipleship.
We will all come to a time of crisis, and the only way to have community, wisdom, and peace in the future crisis is to develop it now.