Most parents do a great job of educating their children about the dangers of sex, drugs, gangs and so forth. However, in effort to make sure children avoid the pitfalls of adolescence, they often forget to teach them how to do some of those things well. Dating is a perfect example. Most young adults have heard the standard reasons why one should abstain from sex before marriage, but very few have ever been taught a method for how to date someone. They are all left up to their own to figure out how to do it.
As my sixth class of 25 Forge students arrived this past week, I couldn’t help but notice what I consider to be one of the most difficult obstacles in making disciples. As the students lugged their belongings into the apartments and began to get to know one another, I kept thinking about all that was involved in getting them here: a lengthy application process, an interview, then an acceptance commitment, then several packets of information, lots of phone calls, scheduled arrival times, and, finally, a welcome dinner for the students and their families (just to name a few).
That’s when it hit me:
When I was in college I was fortunate enough to have a man not only impart the Gospel to me, but also his very life as well (1 Thes. 2:8). I would not be the minister I am today without his investment in my life. In fact, being his disciple for two years has had more impact on the way I do ministry today than my seminary education did.
Unfortunately, I find my story to be a rare one. Whether in the lives of the college students I work with on a regular basis, my peers, or even other believers who are older than me, few have been discipled. Too few. Alarmingly few.
How can this be? It is one of the most fundamental elements of being a follower of Jesus – and yet there are few who are being obedient. How are we okay with this? Simple. We’ve come up with some really good excuses. Actually, they’re really lame – but we seem to think they justify our obstinance. Here are 10 that I hear all too frequently:
“I have often said that the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.” -Blaise Pascal
I learned really quickly in high school that you are not supposed to sit at home in your room on a Friday night. In fact, it would be better to go out with a group of people you don’t even want to be around than to stay at home in your room and do nothing. No one who has a social life is at home by themselves on a Friday night. You just don’t do that. Remember? Continue reading “Why Are We So Busy?”