Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered and that my life is fleeing away. Psalm 36:4
When I was a little girl my dad used tell me how great I was at washing down and brushing the horses after a long ride. He followed it by telling me how great I was at cleaning the stalls, then later at how great a job I do when I clean the dishes. I was so excited to always hear him acknowledge my work, since it wasn’t often he noticed my pretty dress or the cool braids I made in my sister’s and my hair. So, I always ran to be the first of my brothers and sisters to get those secretly assigned chores done.
If you would have told me that I was going to be one of God’s disciples, I would have laughed and most likely spat up a little Pepsi back in the early 90’s. I had no idea what it meant to be one nor was I understanding that ANYONEhas the opportunity to be His disciple.
Jesus in a very similar way was able to make disciples out of ordinary people without them ever realizing he was teaching them to become one. He is still doing it today!
See, like me, who makes sure my kids are all clean, dressed and teeth brushed before bed and before leaving the house every day, was taught to do this by way of the secretly assigned chores.
Jesus taught his disciples to have relationships, mingle with all people, sit and have a conversation with them and tell them about the word. That takes me to John 1:39 “come and see” and John 1:43 “follow me and I will make you fishers of men. He was an amazing teacher, just as many of our parents have been. Using the visual and hands on method, he shows them, teaches them and discusses the word with them.
I like to think that the strengths Jesus had while disciple making was Empathy, Communication, Achiever, Woo and Deliberative. These strengths balanced out a perfect union as a teacher of very challenging times.
When we think about Jesus’s strengths possibly being these 5, think about how well he knew the strengths of each of his followers. As we learn more about our own strengths and those of others, we can then start to associate how these strengths work better together. We realize the opportunities we have are stronger than we have alone. Mathew 10:1-4 Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs; two by two equipping them to share their faith with authority. I’m sure he knew the balance between each pair and knew they were a perfect balance.
So, with that knowledge in our back pocket, let’s learn the strengths of others and pair up to do God’s work girlfriends!
Woman to Woman: Make a date with a friend, get to know her strengths and find a way to use both yours and hers to do something at your church together!
WoW (Words of Wisdom): Strength of Activator – What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17#womanupstrength #womanupmovement