A while back we had a speaker at our Sunday morning service that gave an great and inspiring message. His name was Bill Allison and he was from Cadre Ministries talking about Disciplemaking. The overarching message was how we as believers need to break it down to be simple, namely to Love God and Love People. However one of the things that struck me from the message was what he mentioned as “the three C’s”. He said that you can really tell where a person’s heart is and where there passion is by these three things.
Checkbook – What a person spends their money on
Calendar – How they spend their time
Conversation – What they talk about and who they talk to
This made me look deeper in to my life and see what my passion really was. What do I spend the bulk of my money on or how do I spend the bulk of my time? Anything other than God for the three of these things and that is what is your idol. What do you spend all your time, money and conversation on? Television? Football? Hunting? Cars? Games? Toys? Whatever it is, that is what you in essence are “worshiping.” We need to spend our focus on God and on other people. Imagine how the world would be if we put Him and others above ourselves and our own interests. It’s definitely not easy and it’s difficult to do but it’s something that we all should be striving for. God commands us to “Go and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19 and the greatest commandment of all to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind; and to love our neighbors as ourselves” Luke 10:27. In essence, Love God and Love People.
Another great piece of material that came out of Bill’s sermon is the Disciplemaking prayer. I try and read it every to do remind me of what’s most important while we live our lives.
Thank you for giving me a disciplemaking way of life in Christ Jesus. As
I go through every part of this day, help me to love you and love the
people who cross my path—starting with my family. Don’t let me miss
the adventures you are sending my way to live and speak the Good
News about Jesus today. Draw my heart to you and to specific
people you want me to engage with Jesus-like disciplemaking. By
your Word and Spirit, transform me into a follower of Jesus who loves
you, loves people, and makes disciples—who make more disciples,
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Cadre Ministries is doing some great work and I thank Bill Allison and the rest of his team for the awesome job they are doing in spreading God’s word.