The B Process
(from The Gentle Art of Discipling Women by Dana Yeakley)
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them. Psalm 139:16
Being right with God does not come from my obeying the law. It comes because I believe in Christ. It comes from God because of faith. Philippians 3:9
We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:10
Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.
Those blessings come from the heavenly world. The belong to us because we belong to Christ. Ephesians 1:3
God began a good work in you. And I am sure that he will carry it on until it is completed. Philippians 1:6
He brought us back to himself through Christ’s death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:18
We work together to serve God. You are like God’s field. You are like his building. God has given me the grace to lay a foundation as a wise builder. Now someone else is building on it.
I love how Dana has laid out this process. I became interested in reading her book because I have three daughters, and discipling them in their walk with Christ is something I’m highly interested in. Dana’s outline has made me aware that sometimes I expect too much out of people too soon. Before we can expect Christians to behave in a Christian way on their own, we must first make sure they believe in Christ and that they have a strong sense of belonging to Him. I understood the believing part, but was missing the belonging one. There are many people I communicate with who feel alienated from Him. They’ve chosen to believe, but haven’t claimed the belonging. With my girls, I’m being more intentional to emphasize God’s love for them, that they are safe, and how they belong to Him. I’m holding back on the “you are a Christian, so that means you must behave this way” kind of talking to them. Although, as a mom I still have high expectations for them and am training them.
It’s also made me analyze my own walk with Christ. Especially in terms of blogging. I’ve seen my blog move from me “becoming” to “building others”. …hopefully. There was, and are still, times when I was too absorbed with my own path that I couldn’t help others. I didn’t know how to be careful with my words. I didn’t know how to be peaceful and not get absorbed with controversy. My writing was very angsty….which it probably still is at times, but I see growth. Some hard lessons there, but nevertheless, growth. Which gives me hope..that He is working in me.
Is there anyone you know who is at the believing or belonging phase of Christian maturity? How can you help them grow stronger? Where do you think you may be on this path?