As mentioned in my last post, I recently moved to a new home. Since the move I have been busy working on a variety of projects – some cosmetic and preferential, others more functional and mandatory. It has been a lot of work and a good learning experience.
My oldest son Elijah has eagerly been by my side wanting to be involved in the work. What a joy! One of the phrases I find myself repeating to him is, “Let me show you”.
Let me show you how to fix this.
Let me show you how to use this tool.
Let me show you how this works.
Elijah is learning both from my successes as well as my failures. And believe you me, there are plenty of both! I find great joy in sharing the experiences with my son in a collaborative effort to living and learning together.
It makes me think of Jesus and his disciples. Jesus was engaged in daily life with his disciples. They followed him around as he healed the sick, comforted the broken, cast out demons, rebuked the self-righteous and proclaimed the kingdom of heaven. He invited them to follow and learn from his every move. In essence, he was giving the best example of a “Let me show you” lifestyle.
Jesus told his disciples, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6) Indeed Jesus is the way to heaven and to a relationship with God the Father. But he’s even more! He is the “way” we are to live this life on this earth and also the way we are to show others how to live.
The Great Commission of making disciples of all nations is the responsibility of every Christ-follower in the world. (Matthew 28:19-20) While I am for every form of discipleship available, through the church body or even on-line, I think there is a simple “model” we should not overlook.
It’s called, “Let me show you”. Learn to live your life as an example of Christ and bring others along with you in the journey. Let them learn from your successes as well as your failures. Let them see your life in action, not just read theology or memorize verses. This is at the heart of what it means to make disciples, to take people on the journey of a Christ following lifestyle.
Consider in this New Year who God has placed in your life and how you can teach them by simply saying, “Let me show you”.