It was a beautiful day for a bicycle ride through the countryside! Starting around 11:00, the temp was a nice 70F with a very gentle breeze, no clouds in the sky. After a few miles, though, it became evident that my legs had become accustomed to fewer rides since the days are shorter and I can’t ride as much after work. So the first 8 or so miles were devoted to reconditioning the legs and lungs to work together! It is amazing how little time between workouts is required for the muscles to lose strength and endurance.
I am reminded how important it is for Christians to work together and stay “in shape”. God designed us as social creatures, and I don’t believe it is possible to successfully grow in faith and practice discipleship outside a family of faith. We all work together to accomplish one purpose: to make more disciples. But we together in different ways, which makes the process so beautiful. On the bicycle, the legs turn the pedals, the heart and lungs supply nutrients and oxygen to the legs, the hands steer, the arms provide leverage, and so on. In disciple-making, the faith-community (the local church) works together to support and encourage one another, teach one another, guide one another, help one another.
When we pause or stop making disciples, it is amazing how quickly we lose our strength, our zeal, our endurance for disciple-making. It is so important to keep the main focus: all Christians are called, commanded even, to make disciples. Look it up: Matthew 28:19-20.