One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.
A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
Jesus began his ministry by calling disciples – men who would follow him, live with him, learn from him, and ultimately change the world. he called them each to the same mission and vision.
but the similarities end there.
a study of the 12 disciples of Jesus reveals just how different they were. some were bold and brash. others were meek and quiet. one was a despised tax collector who worked for the roman government. another was a revolutionary who wanted to overthrow the roman government. and one actually arranged the death of Jesus.
to those of us who are in Christ, he has called us in the same way: follow me.
we are his disciples now. and like the first ones, we are all very different. we were made that way. if we are going to follow Christ closely, we need to understand how we best connect with God. for some of us, it will be a 30 minute quiet time each day – reading our bible and praying. but for others of us, we will experience God in very different ways.
gary thomas, in his book, sacred pathways, outlines 9 different “types” of christian spirituality, ways of coming closer to God.
1. naturalist – finds God in nature
2. ascetic – is drawn to classic disciplines
3. traditionalist – loves historical liturgies
4. activist – comes alive spiritually in a great cause
5. caregiver – meets God in serving
6. sensate – senses God through the five senses
7. enthusiast – loves to grow through people
8. contemplative – is drawn to solitary reflection and prayer
9. intellectual – loves God by learning
– you can read more about all this in john ortberg’s book, THE ME I WANT TO BE.
threshold’s theme for the year 2009-2010 is Vintage Faith, and our theme scripture is from colossians 2.6-7: And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
in order to continue to follow Christ, i want to encourage you to get to know who you are, how you are wired, and how you best grow as a christian. ortberg’s book will help.
and so will MONVEE. monvee is a tool for handcrafting disciples. read more about this tool at monvee.com (by the way, monvee means ‘one life’). better yet, purchase an online version at our bookstore next sunday. the cost is $40 and provides you with a huge wealth of resources and recommendations to help you grow.
somebody once said that if you are sitting still, you’re going backward. there is some truth to that in your spiritual life as well. when Jesus called you to follow him, he meant for you to move forward. monvee is a great tool to help you do that.
if you have questions about the monvee tool, email luke boythe.