Sometimes, it’s just about showing up!

Hey D1 Nation,

I wanted to start this note by saying, I really think of the biggest lies we’re told by the enemy is the belief that Christianity is a cop-out, it’s the easy path, that’s what simple-minded people do who can’t deal with life’s circumstances by themselves.  What malarky!  Being a Christian is hard, being a good Christian is even harder.

I was reading today in Job and two verses really stuck out to me today.  (If you didn’t know why it’s called the LIVING WORD, it’s because you can read the same verse over and over and have it say completely different things to you depending where you are on your journey.)  The first verse was the second part of 2:10 “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” and the second was the last part of 2:13.  In 2:13, Job has suffered more loss than most of us ever will and or can imagine and he’s in the throughs of a depression that only few can empathize with.  As Job is just sitting in the dirt, covered with sores and has lost all 10 of his kids, livelihood, worth, everything in a single day.  I’ve read all of this before but due to some recent personal circumstances i’m astonished by what his friends did first.  They simply set with him in his dirt, in his sorrow, in his pain for 7 days and 7 nights without saying a word.

Some might wonder, why didn’t they say anything to Job?  Why didn’t they try to console him this time of pain and loss?

I can tell you from living it!  The answer is simple, you don’t have to say a word.  The action of showing up and just being present is the best thing a friend can do for another friend.

Who in your life just needs you to step up and out?  Who in your life just needs to have someone sit next to them in their pain, in their time of need?  Be a true friend and just show up!

If you do show up keep Job’s friends in mind.  As soon as they opened their mouths and tried to fix his problems for him, it didn’t end very well.

Thoughts?

 

It’s September 5th. Happy National Discipleship Day!

It’s hard to believe that we here at D1 have been planning for this day for about six months now.  Meanwhile, you’re probably like, “What is National Discipleship Day and is this a real thing, because I’ve never heard of it before?”

Good question and the answer is yes. Yes it’s a real thing, but the reason you’ve never heard of it before is because this is the first year it’s being celebrated.  You see, just like D1 started with a thought, so did National Discipleship Day.  I figured if there can be a National Pancake Day and National XX Day, we should give Jesus’ Great Commission – discipleship – its own day.  Jesus gave us the Great Commission in Mathew 28:16-20.

What? You haven’t heard of the call to create disciples? For some reason we’ve stopped hearing about this from most pulpits and it’s a call much too important to be forgotten.  This is where Disciple 1 comes into the picture. We are called to change the world, and we are called to disciple all nations, but we could be doing a much better job of this.  In First Peter 3:15, we’re told to always be ready to give an answer when someone asks us why we have so much hope.  Just as in Mathew 25:14-30 the parable of the Bags of Gold show us that we will have to give an account for what we did with Christ in us.  If you’re not familiar with that story, you should really check it out.  Can you imagine standing before God when He asks you, ” What have you done with my Son?”

We strongly believe one of the ways to live your life and do the good works that have been set before us (Ephesians 2:10) is to live out Mathew 28:16-20.  Disciple 1 Ministries is here to help you understand the calling placed on your life, and we’re here to help you live it out.

We’re asking you to join us in becoming Christians the other 6 days a week and not just 1 on Sundays. If you already are a dedicated follower, we salute you.  It’s easy to be a Sunday Christian but it’s tough being a full time follower of Christ.

Why a National Discipleship Day?  Simple: to spread the word that Christ gave us a command and one day we’ll have to explain either our actions or inactions regarding that calling. Spreading the word and making disciples isn’t nearly as hard as you might think.  Allow us to help you answer questions you might have about Discipleship and its importance.

We’re asking you to join us in walking your calling out.  We weren’t just saved, we were saved for a purpose and we want to help you live that purpose out.   Send us an email or join the group via facebook.com/disciple1ministries.com and connect with us.

Let us know your thoughts.

D1