The Second Book

The other book from Dallas Willard to put on your bucket list is The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’ Essential Teachings on Discipleship. Dallas magnificently preaches a simple message on discipleship, which is commonly missing or misunderstood in many churches today.

Dallas breaks down the misconception that there are different levels in being a Christian. This is the exact problem that has made discipleship an option rather than a baseline requirement for being Christian. I appreciate the fact that he is not just calling Christians to change, but that he is actually expanding the scope and call to all people by emphasizing that following Christ is the fulfillment of the highest human possibilities.

I also love the metaphor of training or staying “in shape” when discussing spiritual disciplines. Our spiritual life is like running of a race. There are several passages in the New Testament that utilize this running image.

My disclaimer about running. . .  I used to joke with my runner friends that I do my running 84 feet at a time - that is the length of a high school basketball court. I never played college basketball, because the court is 94 feet long and over my limit. If you are a passionate runner, God loves you and has a plan for your life, but I have no clue what your plan is.

Spiritual disciplines are training to keep us spiritually “in shape” so that our bodies will be poised to do what Jesus would do when the occasion arises. As much as spiritual disciplines are training, they are also the times when we meet regularly with God to learn to be his disciple in Kingdom living.

Before we can go and make disciples of the people around us, we must first looked in the mirror and begin with ourselves. Are there ways that we are misaligned with the way of Jesus?  Before we can change the church and the world, what if we first focused on becoming disciples of Jesus?  Wouldn’t then the church and the world be different?

Disciples are most often formed through small groups. That was the model of Jesus and his disciples. Do you need help finding a small group? Call or text me at 850-544-7087.

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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