Live like Jesus.
Sitting is the new smoking. I heard about this Ted talk by Nilofer Merchant where she raised some questions about our lifestyle of sitting on our butts and how it is detrimental to our health. A sedentary lifestyle leads to many health problems and she is trying to help reshape the way we work, study and meet. She is promoting an old idea called “walk and talk” meetings. We are physically healthier when we are on the go.
It is the same for us as we are following Jesus. Most Christians are sitting when it comes to making disciples. Ask 5 people you know who claim to be following Jesus if they are making disciples and 4 out of 5 will say no. You might even get 5 for 5. I believe it is because most Christians are sitting and it is killing the church in many parts of the world.
I made some choices recently that showed me how my choices are either sitting or going. It is so easy for me to make choices of only surrounding my self with people who are just like me. People who are already following Jesus and I can just chill. It takes me denying myself to go hangout with people who are not like me. Sitting is easy, right. All you have to do is just let your body sink into the comfy cushions and just let the seat do the work of holding up your body. It takes work to go. It takes using your muscles, your energy, your effort, and your brain power to navigate where you are going.
Jesus did not ask us to sit and make disciples. He told us to GO make disciples. I think it’s time we take our faith in Jesus out of buildings and into the public. If you are following Jesus you should be making disciples. You should be intentionally building relationships with people who don’t follow Jesus and if they let you in their life serve them. Then when you have an opportunity tell them about Jesus. Are you sitting or are you going?
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” -Matthew 19:18-20