READ: Acts 19:1-10
- Time is our friend when it comes to sharing Jesus. That’s not to ignore urgency. That’s not to imply that we should be laissez-faire about the gospel. It’s simply to say that the gospel is such a serious topic and following Jesus is such a life-changing decision that those conversations should not be rushed. One of the best things we can do is teach over a long period.
- It might require a new perspective, but it will be healthy for any of us to realize that you can’t fast-track discipleship. We need to think slow-cooker and not microwave. Change occurs over time. Maturity is a process of aging. Wisdom requires experiences upon which we spend time in reflection. No doubt some things change quickly when we follow Jesus. But the depth of a solid disciple comes after years of cultivating spiritual insight and maturity.
- Such a perspective might make it easier for spouses to deal with a slow to convert mate. Or for parents to understand the faith development of their child(ren). It might make it feasible to believe that a co-worker will one day see Jesus. Or that a church doesn’t have to grow overnight. It might even give us patience with ourselves so that we don’t feel as if everything has to be fixed right now.
- How long did it take you to get where you are today spiritually?
- Why do you think we want such instant success?
- How long are you willing to wait for someone to become more spiritually aware or mature?
PRAY: Commit to being patient with the spiritual formation process. Ask God to help you find contentment in watching others grow. Pray that we can see ourselves as more mature in the future without trying to fast track the process.