Last time, we looked at making regular deposits in ourselves to reach our spiritual goals. For me, this is connected to another truth. I hope to reach a high spiritual plane in my life not just for me to enjoy alone, but because it is the Biblical pattern to train others. When Jesus bid the fishermen, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,” He is asking them to be His apprentices. To learn the skills and trade He practices. To conform their lives to match His.
Looking ahead for us, I see huge milestones. I hope this time next year, we are at the start of a long ministry on the mission field. One filled with evangelism and the discipleship and training of people for ministry in Indonesia. As exciting as that is, it also carries a huge weight of responsibility. I will be their example. I will show them how to follow. I set the pattern. This is what Christ meant when He said, “The disciple is not above his master: but everyone that is perfect shall be as his master.” (Luke 6:40)
If we would see God raise up a generation of Indonesians that can effectively spread the gospel and disciple believers long after we are gone, we must be a well prepared, shining examples of all things Christ-like. It’s our hope that they see Him clearly and develop the mind of Christ in them. For them to do that, they need a clear example. Paul said, ”Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (I Corinthians 11:1) As the teachers, we show them how to follow. That is why our last post about making regular deposits in ourselves is so important. The further down the road I can travel myself, the further I will be able to lead those that come behind us.
Would you pray with us? Pray that the Lord would continue growing us. And not us alone, but that He would call and prepare more laborers for Indonesia.