Relevant Magazine is doing a “re-posting” of their best web content from the past year. I found this one, “We need boring Christians” interesting. I want to call your attention to it as well. (Maybe you saw it when it was first posted this year, I missed it.)

Andrew Byers (he blogs at Hopeful Realism) reminds us of the need and the importance of the the “dull labors and bewildering struggles that would make unexciting press” and the reality that “discipleship is often ugly, messy and painful.” I know I catch myself pointing my eyes and my students eyes toward the ‘radical’ and the clamorous more than I do toward the every day labor of being faithful where God has placed you and doing whatever we do for the honor and glory of Christ.

I think the reminder is worth reading – take a look at it and join in on the discussion.

  1. Ryan says:

    Good article. One thing that I love about this generation is their desire to do something great. They want to make some kind of lasting impact on the world. Unfortunately we so easily get misguided and think we have to be somewhere else to do something great, even as believers. The reality though is that making a lasting effect is usually sitting in seat next to us or a few doors down or even at our daily coffee stop.

    Radical seems to be the new buzz word in our church culture. David Platt’s book by the same name was very revealing to me and I think a worth while read. The detriment seems to come from what Andrew Byers calls “Romanticized Discipleship”, when we think a radical life is something big. I just recently read “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan (I know I’m a little behind the times), but he mentioned in the book how Christ wouldn’t have called what we call radical, He would have called it normal. There is no doubt that these ideas are “radical” to us, but it really shouldn’t be if we would take to heart the life that the scriptures call us to.

    I don’t want to diminish in the zeal that many God-fearing students in this generation have. My conviction though is that it needs to be directed. There is plenty of work to do here and abroad. In the article Byers notes that individuals who are willing to ditch their school work for the mission field can be harmful is probably very true. There is a sense of “paying your dues” that grows and equips us. I also think one of the biggest hinderances in our ministries is the lack of real discipleship (I’m not talking about the traditional Sunday night “discipleship” class). I’m talking discipleship that is life on life and unfortunately their are too few people in our churches that are willing to live life on life with students. While I believe there are many ways that we train students to live lives of purpose I believe discipleship is one of the most effective ways.

    • Lee says:

      Thanks for chiming in Ryan. I agree “Radical” is the new buzz word and this idea of ‘adventure’ seems to drive the desire of some students to go off and do missions. It does have a place

      I think helping students see the ‘as you are going’ make disciples is the challenge. The mission field for all of us is the here and now. At times our here and now takes us some place else. But being faithful with the current assignment is important.

      And your right – life on life discipleship is what is needed to help students see the mission field as being more than just a country across the world but also as the dorm room across the hall.

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