• 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!

What is it going to mean?

The 1plus1 challenge has been getting a fair amount of “air time” the last few days.  I would encourage you to read the comment section from the past two posts where you will find some good discussion, sharing and interaction.

The 1plus1 challenge is a call to intentionally disciple one person into a relationship with Christ and to intentionally disciple one person into cross cultural ministry.  What am I going to do to meet this challenge is one question that comes to mind.  Another question we need to ask ourselves is: what is it going to mean?

We all struggle with having limited time, an unending list of tasks we need to accomplish.  The issue is one of priorities.  Saying ‘no’ to one thing in order to say ‘yes’ to another is not an easy skill for many of us.  We want to do both, but the reality is that we can only do one of the two tasks.

What the 1plus1 challenge is going to mean is at least two things. changed-priorities

First, it will mean taking some of our time from another good activity and use that time towards sharing the gospel story and mobilizing new workers.   Something will have to give in order for us to reach the challenge.

Second, our very structure, that is, the way we like to see things done, will need to flex in order to allow workers to prioritize some time both towards sharing Jesus, and mobilizing people.  The report needed today, can be sent tomorrow because I’m giving time to talking to a friend about spiritual things.  A particular e-mail may need to go unanswered one more day as a worker needs to respond to an interested potential new worker.

Prioritizing doesn’t mean we give up what we are doing or we don’t provide others with the answers or resources that others may be waiting for.  It means that we re-structure our day in such a way as to intentionally set aside time to share Jesus and mobilize workers.

Prioritizing is not an easy skill to practice. It’s why we need God and others.

 

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for this challenge…and the many words of others considering ‘running this race’ too. As i’ve read back on the past few posts on the 1:1 challenge, i am esp. struck by this week as the rubber hits the road…can that report really wait till tom.? Can i put off one task that seems ‘urgent’ in order to make myself available to an unbelieving neighbor? I am currently going thru the Evangelism:Sowing the Seed module and am struck between the eyes at how much correlation there is with the challenge laid out here as well. Am i actively practicing evangelism…not “did it do in ministry last year”…but in my current role, as a leader, am i STILL practicing what Christ asked us all to do? Ouch! I find it much easier to engage in conversations to mentor people towards serving globally – so i commit to that one whole-heartedly. The second is more difficult…and yet i know it is necessary. I echo Mark’s hesitations as i too search my schedule for room to spare. The bottom line…I am in. Help me Jesus!

    • Each time I read someone else’s commitment to ‘be in’, it renews my own commitment to the 1+1 challenge. Welcome to our group of “pilgrims” seeking to serve our Father and recognizing we are totally dependent on Him. The time issue is such a big one. And I’m hoping we can help one another think through that more … if nothing else we can be holding each other up in prayer!

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