S (Scripture): Revelation 4:19 All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! 20 Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me.
O (Observation): So maybe not all of Revelation is terrifying : )
Jesus’ way as a disciple-maker was to bring invitation and challenge in such a way that his disciples felt like Jesus really wanted to be in relationship with them, which helped them to know that his challenging them would help them.
This dual way of Jesus is echoed in this chapter of Revelation. He challenges those whom he loves. He knocks on the door, and if answered, Jesus wishes to sit at the table and dine.
A (Application): I continue to pursue this path of making disciples who make disciples – in organic and organized ways.
Leading a group of fellow pastors in this endeavor is a joy and a challenge. They respond well, and I am challenged with keeping things moving along in a way that is full of God’s grace and direction.
And, because I default to “invitation,” I am sometimes weak on “challenge.” Too little challenge, and we fail to see how God’s grade is needed.
Yet, I know that through challenge, God grows us into the people that God calls us to be. Through challenge, we are forced to rely solely upon God to carry us through and draw us forward into an abundant life.
Where in your life do you need more “invitation”? Where do you need more “challenge”?
P (Prayer): Lord, you guide our ways and bring us into relationship. Carry us on into the challenges we need to help us grow in our reliance upon you. Amen.