Go.. and make disciples
Keep your eye on what you’re doing.. do a thorough job as God’s servant. 2 Timothy 4:5
Many people spend their working days “Making a living” and their weekends and evenings trying to make up for the lack of meaning in their jobs by doing “Christian work”. But that doesn’t have to happen. Almost any job can be used to channel discipleship. In every decade Christians have been engaged in hundreds of occupations at all levels of society, each doing the job well “unto the Lord”. And disciples have been made – who knows how many – Like Dew on Your Youth.
Every day you rub shoulders with them
Colleagues of many disciplines, at all levels,
With different key performance objectives.
Yet with one main objective
of maximizing the bottom-line
Competition rife and keen
For performance related pot of gold
paid daily, weekly or monthly
Teams to achieve in minimum time,
maximum effort, highest output.
All pulling together, yet of different faiths
To create a better life for you and them
With different values and persuasions
All heading for heaven or hell
So where and when do you make disciples
So they will be heaven-bound?
Hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second
Everyday faithfully, consistently in opportunities galore
Not slandering or back-biting, persuading and persevering
As you speak, as you transact, as you operate machines,
as you say yes or no, as you are honest with time and record-keeping
In all humility, grace and love as He showed you how.
It is when you grieve and comfort,
when you share, withhold, help or hinder,
when you overlook, bear a grudge, keep scores or reward
win one or lose one by your words and actions
With heart surrendered or un-surrendered to Christ.
Being a disciple is everyday
Taking the time to share the gospel
of peace not of dissension, of love not hatred,
Giving even when your rights are trod
Forgiving when so trespassed
As Jesus Christ, your Example.
Will you work with joy, not grumbling
With cheer and thanksgiving
With a difference that turns the heads
of subordinates, colleagues, supervisors
When they see Christ’s love within your heart,
Everyday a higher step , for you are heaven-bound.
Will you share His love, be a living sacrifice
Till at last you reach that soul in need
And he turns to say to you
“I am forgiven, praise the Lord
Yes, I have come to love the Word because it is alive in you.”
“Will you teach me the walk of faith
As I battle against temptations sore,
the wiles of the enemy to distract me from the straight and narrrow.
Will you help, pray for me, and support me till I can stand
And lead another to the Lord exactly as you have done
Making me a disciple?”
Praise the Lord!