We’re done with this book, and I’m glad. Though I’m also glad I read it.
It was hard and uncomfortable. It’s made me question my faith and my following.
Basically, I understand Platt to say that if I’m not making disciples, I “may not actually be a Christian, for these features are the fruit of followers of Christ.” ~p. 209
He quotes Dawson Trotman, “How many persons do you know by name today who were won to Christ by you and are now living for Him?” ~p. 201-202
Ummm… none. At least that I know of.
My circumstances and financial situation don’t allow me to realize my childhood missions dreams–to travel to far countries to love people and touch them and ask them if they know Jesus. I have a hard enough time just getting out of the house.
But Platt does say this:
We e-mail, Facebook, tweet, and text with people who are going to spend eternity in either heaven or hell . . . Just as you and I have no guarantee that we will live through the day, the people around us are not guaranteed tomorrow either. So let’s be intentional about sewing threads of the gospel into the fabric of our conversations every day . . .” ~p. 187
And. That. Is. Why. I. Blog.
And ‘book and tweet.
Thank you, David, for reminding me. Because I’d gotten confused about even that after reading this post.
Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong affirm this in @stickyJesus: How to Live Out Your Faith Online–that the mission field is right at my fingertips. That social media and blogging can be super efficient ways to share the gospel story. They remind me that I’m a digital scribe, a social media missionary. That I’ve been born for such a time as this.
You stand here as a Christ follower in a definitive moment in time; you are an ordinary person called to usher a holy Kingdom into an increasingly fragmented world . . . He now calls you to log on and upload what’s critical to today’s conversations. ~@stickyJesus, p. 10
I can take a blog break, but I can’t brake from my blog. At least in this season.
This week I got an email from someone “across the ocean” who wanted to share some of my writing with others in her country. If I can believe my stats, my words have been read this month in 47 countries plus every state in the United States.
Can I touch more this way than face-to-face and skin-to-skin? Or even in a published book?
(That’s not to say I don’t want to publish a book, you who have ears to hear and ways to make it happen.)
Maybe I’m just a “seed planter?”
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. ~1 Corinthians 3:5-9
Platt goes on to say:
In the great commission, Jesus tells all of his disciples to go, baptize, and teach people to obey everything he has commanded them. This kind of teaching doesn’t require a special gifting or a specific setting. This kind of teaching happens all over the place–in homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, on car rides, in meetings, and over meals–in the context of where we live, work, and play every day. ~p. 192
And in airports?
Here is where Beth Moore enters the picture. I stumbled on this video today and thought, That’s it! That’s what following Him is all about. That’s what dying and living is in our every-ordinary-go-about-our-work day.
Note to self: Carry a brush.
Today we finish our discussion of David Platt’s book, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. Follow this link over to The High Calling as Marcus Goodyear sums it all up from his perspective and others add their comments.