Discipleship vs. Evangelism
Some Christian ministries are highly effective at discipleship - investing in those who already believe and drawing them closer to a relationship with Jesus. Other Christian ministries are highly effective at evangelism - seeking those people who don't know Jesus, and introducing them to the God who saves me every day from being the idiot that I am. I rarely see a ministry that is extremely effective at both tasks. I'm not saying 'mutlitask' ministries don't exist - I've seen them before - I'm just suggesting that ministries often gravitate towards one side or the other.
- What's good about this?
- What's wrong with this?
- What's the goal?
Being vs. Doing
There's a handful of people in my life who I could put in my "hall of fame" - those who I am forever thankful for the investments and wisdom they have placed into my life. One of them recently told me to:
"take time to 'be' in the midst of all the 'doing'. Who you are is not defined by what you do. What you do is defined by who you are."So I've been wrestling with this question of being vs. doing. This is a struggle for me.
- What tangible steps can we take to make sure we are "being", and not just "doing"?
- Which came first, the being or the doing?