Anyone else melting over this picture, or is it just me?! And it’s not because of the blazing hot sun!!! ☺️
Why do images like this get to us?!
Because we know the realness of the power of being invested in and mentored (discipled)!!
Choosing to invest in someone means you’re telling them they are seen, valued, and worthy... that they belong!!
It’s one of the most life changing experiences. People crave belonging. The most beautiful and most evil things in this world happen because of people’s desire to belong. Choosing to invest in someone Gospels people to pursue the beautiful. Mentorship of someone may last for a season or multiple seasons. In our churches, it’s how we create a missional culture in our First Impressions ministry. Huddles allow the leadership to disciple the whole group, personal investment of the team leaders into their volunteers creates community and spurs them on to see, value, and bring worth to their position of service and the guests they will be serving. Their experience with Jesus and His people on Sunday will encourage and embolden them to invest in the people they influence at work Monday- Friday.
Faithful discipleship in the Church leads to missions outside the Church.
It might be messy but it’s the most worth it. And you can do it at any age or stage. It’s hard work but the best & right Kingdom work. It’s why everyone is called to parenthood whether they have their own kids or not. Jesus chose to do it for multiple seasons with His disciples and with us... eternity. He sticks life out with us because He delights in us and wants us to experience life freely and abundantly!! We can build the Church with disciples and servants and we can reverse the curse and restore the broken by investing, mentoring, discipling.
“We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8 NLT
Passionate about Jesus and people, I've added this blog to communicate strategy and thoughts about Biblical Hospitality and The Church as a movement, rather than just people in a building once a week. It seems like everyone is blogging these days, (which is awesome!) and I know that there are always better and more insightful thoughts, but God is leading this so I'm just writing in obedience.