Check out these pictures:
The picture on the left shows the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. The picture on the right shows the divide between a rich neighborhood and a poor neighborhood in Brazil.
Not much of a difference is there?
It got me to thinking about how fast the transformation happens in our Christian lives. The moment someone decides to follow Jesus, the change is instant:
- Orphan to son or daughter
- Darkness to light
- Unrighteous to Righteous
- Hell to Heaven
The change is instant, but walking it out takes time. This is the reason so many of us stay stuck in a rut.
How do I go from living in the Netherlands to living in Belgium?
How do I go from living in the slums to living in the richest side of town?
Talk about information overload!
The answer to me is quite clear: One step at a time.
Most of us didn’t hear about Jesus one minute and decide to follow Him the next. We made a decision after a lot of talking to our Christian friends and reading the Bible to see if there was any truth to our friends claims.
Here’s a pet peeve of mine:
Don’t walk your friends and family through the whole process of coming to know Jesus and then ditch them on the side of the road saying, “Well, have fun figuring out this new life!”
When I think of discipleship now, I think of going for the longest hike of my life. Sure, I can go by myself, but having a buddy will make it so much easier to navigate and so much more enjoyable as well.
The reason community is essential to the Christian life is because renewing our minds to catch up with the radical change that took place in our spirits cannot be done alone.