Moms, you know how difficult it is to get away for a weekend. However not too long ago I was able to do just that. Kidless and husbandless I headed to Orlando for the IF:Local Leader Training. God knew this was exactly where I needed to be in order to be refreshed, renewed and challenged.
Jennie Allen, the first speaker, spoke directly to my heart when she called out to the local church: “Go and make disciples.” You see, I love the local church. I always have. We are to go and spend our lives for the sake of the Gospel. We are to allow our thoughts, affections, story and life to be conformed to Christ so that we can reach others and invite them into our story–the story God is writing in us. How simple is that? Follow Christ, be passionate about Him, share your story and then invite others along.
Sometimes, as a mom, I get so overwhelmed with daily tasks that I forget there are people all around me that I can invite into my story. Whether it be my own kids, my mom group, close friends and family or even a stranger in the grocery store! As I passionately pursue Christ, all Jesus asks of me is to give Him away to the people I encounter every day. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:15: “I will gladly spend and be spent for the sake of your souls.” I know this sounds all Braveheart, so you may be thinking: “Ok, now how do I do that?”
The answer came for me through another phenomenal speaker, Jo Saxton. She shared with us some practical ways of discipleship which I would like to pass along to you.
1. Be informed.
Jo said: “You can’t take people where you’ve never been.” Geez! That’ll get you in the Word. Know God, get in His word and study it.
2. Be imitators.
I was struck by Jo’s words: “It’s very hard to be what you can’t see.” She was telling us to be living examples. She suggested we find someone to be our living examples–a mentor, someone a little older and wiser.
3. Be innovators.
Jo used the example of fireworks. I just love that visual. She said: “Go, explode, and ignite others to go and explode.”
4. Remember, discipleship is costly.
Since we will mess up even in our best efforts to be disciplers, don’t focus on the times you fall, just focus on the baby steps that you make.
God has used the women of IF to help ignite me, and I hope I shared enough of Him to ignite you! And now with all the firework talk, all I can think of is the Katy Perry song, “Firework.” So join me and thousands of other women to “ignite the light and let it shine!” In fact let me invite you to attend an IF Gathering on February 5 and 6. To locate a host near you, go to https://ifgathering.com/. If you live in the Franklin, TN area, my church, Rolling Hills Community Church, will be hosting an IF Gathering. Join us.