Ever wonder how ordinary people, using ordinary resources, can have an extraordinary impact for God’s Kingdom? That’s the heart behind Zume (Greek word for leaven), a new disciple making / training movement that launched February 14th. To learn more, go to their website at www.zumeproject.com and also check out the video below. Zume will change your life, and the world.
Not long ago a friend shared with me about the “spiritual economy”. He phrased it this way: “There’s a kind of spiritual or heavenly economy involved in this. It’s like we are breathing in, from God, receiving from Him and then obeying, internalizing what He has given us, making sure we embrace it. We make it part of who we are, then we exhale to the world around us, sharing what we have received. The idea is — receive, obey, then share, which is very tied to the dual accountability of obedience and teaching others to obey which help us know it even better, as it goes from head to heart and hands. Whatever we get, we give away. It’s just the opposite of the world — which tries to keep what they get and charge others to give it to them.
So — We are blessed so we can bless. The question is — who, then, should we bless ?
First and foremost, God has placed us in relationship with many people.
We are responsible to steward these relationships.
He will hold us accountable for these relationships.
How can we be a blessing to them?
What can we do to empower them to take the next step in their faith journey with God?”
He summed it up very well, and I agree. Check out the video below, where Curtis Sergeant shares some similar thinking.
As the United States was preparing to celebrate Independence Day this year, I was listening to our pastor share from Luke 11:1-13, where Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. Weeks later, I’m still challenged by several statements he made. The pastor’s line of thought was something like this: Your prayer life is an indicator of your dependency on God. Your dependency on God is a primary factor in what God does in your life. Dependency, expressed through prayer and obedience, is a key ingredient in the fruitfulness of true disciples.
Does this challenge you as much as it challenges me? What would the Lord’s Prayer look like if we prayed it with the workplace in mind? How might God use a greater awareness of your dependency on Him to make you more fruitful?
A fellow Antioch Journey participant sent in a note after completing Day 2 on calling. They wrote:
“Calling is a means to for us to participate with God to fulfill the great commands, love God and love your neighbor. Serve God and serve your neighbor. Why don’t people answer the ‘call’? We have other things to do, more pressing matters. We often can’t hear the call due to sin in our lives. Romans 6 encourages us that we can escape its ravages. And if we can just try to please God, just try to grope toward holiness, then we can begin to enjoy a relationship with Him and sense whatever calling he has for us.”
Do you see your calling in this light? Are other matters more pressing, or is there some area of sin in your life that is preventing you from clearly hearing from God?
Just remember, we have been set free. Be encouraged and press on.
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” Romans 6:22
When we’re thinking about stepping out in faith, there can be many obstacles in the way. Sometimes God’s calls us to do things that require radical obedience. In this video by Curtis Sergeant, you’ll hear about a Chinese house church movement who took a calling seriously, and what obedience looked like on a personal level. What radical steps of obedience might God be calling you to take?