Can I graduate?

#servetogrow part 3

When I think back to what I learned about accounting in college, it was a bit inadequate.  I have barely used my accounting degree, but to the extent that I did, I had to figure out how to actually do the day to day work of book keeping and IRS filings.  We didn’t learn many specifics in the classroom.  It was a lot of theory.

I think a lot of college degrees are like this.  A businesswoman isn’t actually an entrepreneur until she puts her name on the line and works to build a business.  A lawyer has to get in a courtroom, and a plumber under a sink.

Looking at how local churches operate, members are pushed from one Biblical classroom to the next, rarely putting their knowledge to test in the real world.

But isn’t in the real world where the practical lessons and specific lessons are learned?

Most of my Christian friends want to take their faith into the world and share Jesus’ love with others, but they don’t know where to begin.

Start where the Apostles started, and fish for men.

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
— Matthew 4:18-22 ESV

How do we fish for men?

We get over the fear of messing up, and we share our faith with others.

The good news is that the Gospel of Jesus is simple.  The truth of our sin, our need for a savior, His perfection, and His unfailing love for us can be understood by a child.  As “big people,” we have a tendency to muck it up with too many details.  We use big words and worry we don’t know enough theology.

Let me just put your mind at ease and tell you that if you have been born again, you have everything you need to graduate into the real world.  You are armed with a special weapon:  your testimony.

It is that simple.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’
— Matthew 18:1-4 ESV

When we actually go out into the world to fish for men, we will learn different discipleship lessons, more specific discipleship lessons.  You will learn how to fish in a way that will catch men.

Your special weapon, your testimony, will grow and become more powerful as you serve the Lord.

 

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I like to include music on my blog posts.  One of my favorite artist, Andrew Bird, came out with a new album this week.  This song features Fiona Apple, who has a beautiful voice.  Their acting in this video is so much to watch.