• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Jesus, the Only Saviour

It seems that my post from Monday struck a chord with a number of people.  Many could relate to the struggle of becoming a ‘saviour’ to those we are discipling and mentoring.  The trap is one we easily fall into because our hearts are warmed when others put such confidence in us.  However, our hearts need to be trained to warn us of “misplaced confidence” and to consistently point others to Jesus, the only Saviour.

Misplaced confidence is when others consider that they cannot move forward or continue in the Christian journey without us.  Oswald Chambers puts it this way when he speaks to those mentored by others: “But remember that the time will come when he must leave and will no longer be your guide and your leader, because God does not intend for him to stay. Even the thought of that causes you to say, “I cannot continue without my ’Elijah.’ ” Yet God says you must continue.”  Our confidence, as well as the trust that others express, must be in God; not in ourselves nor in one another (Psalm 20:7; Proverbs 3:26).  When we allow misplaced confidence to continue, though it may be a boost to our spiritual pride, it will spiritually cripple any follower.

To consistently point others to Jesus, the only Saviour requires that we develop the reflex to turn situations and questions into learning moments where we go back to Jesus together to find Him and all that He promises to give to His children such as wisdom, discernment, hope and the fruit of the Spirit.  It is so much easier to just answer a disciple’s queries than it is to push him/her back to Jesus and His Word.

Once again this is why we need the input of a community around us as we seek to learn how to direct others to know more deeply their need of a Saviour, and that it is not us.

 

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