What is "Becoming Him"
Ephesians 4:15 clearly states, "but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ..."
So often we want to emphasize that first part of this verse in that we use it as a way to talk down to others, in that I get to "speak the truth in love..." The focus though of this verse is in the growing, not in the speaking. Notice how the verse goes on to say this the growing occurs "into Him..." This is the call to become more like Christ for the believer and follower of Christ.
I was sitting in a vision consultant meeting hearing about what all is involved in crafting a vision strategy. Then the speaker made this stunning comment: Leadership is more about leading people to become something rather than giving them something to do. This stuck in my mind and heart. I started to digest this comment and I started to think it over and over in how I was "doing" ministry. I realized in that moment that my focus had been entirely focused on the things to do, rather than seeing them through the lens of how they should lead to become.
Please hear me when I say that we cannot stop "doing" the Christian life. God's call to us as children of God involves there being action. However, we end up being tempted to fall into the trap of busyness when our focus is completely on doing instead of becoming. This temptation can lead to burnout in that we think we can never "do" enough in our ministries.
I encounter this now in putting together a slate of discipleship courses for our church on Wednesday nights. It's been the thing every spring and fall semester that we "do" but what is it leading people to "become"? Do you see how it can change the total atmosphere of a ministry? It's not that I want to stop doing ministry, I want to evaluate it and see how it is truly leading people to become "into Him."
By having a "becoming" ministry I can now know that my focus is completely on multiplying disciples. How can I make such a bold statement? It's because I'm assured that each and every part of my personal and corporate ministry being exercised has this focus. It helps me to say no to certain things as well it helps me to process and implement others. If my focus is then on becoming a multiplying disciple, just as Christ was, then I can know that what I do will lead others to become more like Him as a multiplying disciple.
Please join me in this journey as focus on "becoming Him..." Each and every day there are opportunities around us to grow into Him and to see how He is calling us to join Him in living in a way that glorifies Him!