Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
…. show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way.
Titus 2:3-5, 10 (NLT)
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Romans 12:4 (NLT)
Maybe you’ve seen the adorable video online too. It starts with a tiny puppy, Daisy, at the top of a flight of stairs scared and apprehensive about going down. Despite the encouragement of its owner, this sweet baby paces across the landing anxiously, unsure of itself. Her whimpers of fear squeak out and this fear keeps her at the top desperately wanting to join them at the bottom of the stairs yet not ready to tackle the mountain of stairs before her. Next thing you know her older brother Simon runs to join her at the top and then bounds back down the stairs, showing her how easy it is. Yet she still isn’t brave enough to take the steps needed.
Her brother runs back to the top of the stairs to show her again. This time he waits till she takes her 2 front paws and places them both solidly on the first step. Then he runs down the steps again to show his sweet sister how to take the next steps. She remains at the top of the stairs awkwardly paralyzed with her 2 front paws on the first step, her back two paws still safely planted on the landing.
Her brother comes back up the stairs and stands in front of her, staring her in the eyes as if to say ”keep your eyes on me, I’ve got you”. His sister turns her head and looks back, contemplating just going back to what’s familiar, the safety of the landing. And then she steps back up, just not ready to move forward. Her brother bounds back up to the landing with her, not willing to leave her there. After a few more ups and downs, little Daisy finally dares to take one step, then the next, then the next. Simon stays by her side till she is all the way down and cheering ensues from those waiting at the bottom for her.
When I first became a Christian I felt a bit like Daisy – scared and unsure of taking steps away from what was familiar. It made no difference how messed up my “familiar” was – it was my comfort zone and I had learned how to survive in it. But God didn’t create us to survive and He certainly didn’t save us to just survive. His goal is for us to thrive, to give us “more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20), “to prosper us and not to harm us” (Jeremiah 29:11). But how was that going to happen for this newly saved babe in Christ? While we are guaranteed the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit it helps, well let’s face it, it’s a must, to also have fellow Christians to share our walk of faith with. That’s where you and I come in. At some point, we were all a Daisy. But God wants and expects us to move into the role of Simon at some point. We need to be an encourager and leader and show a new believer how to take their first steps down the road of faith. We should “think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24).
Matthew 28:19 tells us to “go and make disciples of all the nations”. The dictionary defines “disciple” as “a follower or a student of a teacher or leader”. When we put our faith in Jesus we are saved, but to become His disciple we need to start following His example and studying His teaching. Matthew 28 continues on in verse 20 to encourage us to “teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you”. So, while we are to introduce unbelievers to Jesus, we are also called to link arms with new believers and help them to take their first steps on their faith journey. In fact, we may have to walk with them for a few months or even years until they are ready to walk on their own. Then they too can move from being a Daisy to a Simon.
Where are you in your faith journey? Are you a Daisy – stepping gingerly into your newfound faith? Do you have a Simon in your life – a Christian mentor who you can look to that can show you what steps to take and how and when to take them? If you need a mentor, start praying and ask God to reveal who that might be for you.
Or have you moved out of your Daisy phase and are now ready to become a Simon to someone? Can you think of someone in your life that needs to meet Jesus? Invite them to come to church with you or to attend a life group or Girl’s Night Out with you. Do you know a new believer who might not yet have a mentor? Consult God and ask if you might be the one He has in mind to step into that role. No matter what stage you find yourself you have a role to play and a purpose to fulfill. Doing your part for the Kingdom will help others do theirs. And in this way, we live out being the body of Christ!
Heavenly Father, help us to remember that our primary call while on earth is to lead others to you and then help them take steps forward in their faith. As followers of Jesus let us live our lives in a way that makes you attractive to others, giving them a desire to get to know you. May the example we set always demonstrate the love & grace that you freely extend and lead others to a deeper, more personal relationship with you.
In Jesus’ mighty name,
Today’s post was written by Cyndi Staudt
Cyndi traveled a long & broken road that led to the heart of her Savior and is grateful God can use her tattered past in His story. God has placed in Cyndi a heart for sharing the love of Jesus both locally and globally and she has traveled to the Philippine’s (3 times), India (2 times), Thailand & Myanmar to let people in some of the most remote regions of the world know that God is Crazy about them. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing, performing & teaching aerial silks, hammock & hoop, traveling, writing devotionals, and date nights with her main (feline) man Harley. Most weekends you will find Cyndi enjoying Saturday night service at the Clermont Campus.