Five Star Faith

“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles”

 Luke 6:12-13

Being in the middle of a kitchen remodel I was reading reviews last night about a door latch where the purchaser gave the product a two stars rating out of five. They said the product was fine, and the reason for the low rating was due to the lack of instructions the product came with. They felt as if they had to figure out how to install the lock all on their own without manufacturers instructions. They felt as if the locks creator was responsible to provide some details to assist in the installation and operation of the product. I think most of us would agree. Immediately I thought about discipleship. What if the manufacture had sent over the person who invented the product along with all the necessary tools to assist in the installation. I bet they would have received a five star rating then!

Jesus incorporated the “five star” method of making disciples as Jesus method of training the men who would become His disciples was spending time with them, lots of time with the. So much so that Jesus invited the men He prayed for to be with Him everywhere He went. Jesus invited them to drop what they were doing and follow Him. There is an old saying that sums up why. It goes like this,  

Tell me and I’ll forget
Show me and I’ll Remember
Include me and I’ll understand

God wants you and me to understand His plan of salvation and is why Jesus included His disciples in pretty much everything He did for the very reason stated above. They were eye witnesses. The best way to learn isn’t by reading the instructions exclusively or by trial and error. It’s not figuring things out on our own. It’s not doing life our own way or even the way that seems best to us. Discipleship is a student teacher relationship where the teacher invests his or her life into the life of their disciple so well that the disciple in turn is able to teach what they have come to know to another so well that their disciple can teach what they have learned to another, and on and on it goes until the whole world knows Jesus!  

Jesus method of discipleship takes the guess work out of growing in our relationship with God. There is an invitation being extended to you and I today by Jesus to walk with Him. He has prayed for us and desires that we be with Him. Our choosing to follow Him, He leaves to us. The invitation is ours to accept or reject. If you are tired of going it alone or the anxiety of uncertainty is becoming too much to bare, accept Jesus invitation to follow Him.

Drop your nets like Simon and Andrew and walk with God by your side. Include Jesus in all you do. Read your bible and pray. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. Enjoy the day going where Jesus leads you. Like the song, “Let Jesus Take The Wheel” or the Amtrak commercial that says, “leave the driving to us” recalling to your mind God already has a plan for your life that includes us as we walk with Him.

Remember this today loved one, God’s plan includes you! The more we walk by Jesus side the more we will understand and the more peace we will know for in His presence is the fulness of joy!

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”

John 17:24


Michael Osthimer





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