Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Follow Me...David Platt...Book Review...

These two words: Follow Me have been eating me up for a few months now. I am committed to walking with Jesus...always have been since 15 and always want to be...I have been studying this in the book of Mark...I have stated a few times on Twitter and FB that "Follow me: is a graphic illustration of faith." As I flew over to Africa I devoured David Platt's latest book called Follow Me. I love reading those books that state exactly what I have been preaching, saying, and praying. Platt in his book states, "I want to move from what we let go of to whom we hold on to. Page 4" He follows this statement up with "With good intentions and sincere desires to reach as many people as possible for Jesus, we have subtly and deceptively minimized the magnitude of what it means to follow him. Page 7" After I read these words I closed the book and repented...right there on my flight over the Atlantic. Jesus I don't want to water down discipleship for the sake of decisions. It's a bid to come and die. Die to self. Die to stuff. We are already dead in our transgressions...let's let Jesus make us alive in Him. After I spent some time contemplating those opening lines I gathered the courage to reopen the book and journey on...I am slow glad I did. Oh yes I am so glad.

I found much hope, clarity, and courage in the entirety of the book. Here are a few quotes that inspired me. David Platt thanks for leading faithfully...I love it.

"Everyone who follows Jesus biblically will fish for men globally. Page 71"

"Following Jesus necessitates believing Jesus, and believing Jesus leads to proclaiming Jesus. Page 88"

"This is God's will in the world: to create, call, save, and bless his people for the spread of his grace and glory among all peoples. This will is not intended to be found; it is intended to be followed. Page 135"

"The reality, however, is that it's biblically impossible to follow Christ apart from joining his church. Page 150"

"It is biblically, spiritually and practically impossible to be a disciple of Christ (much less make disciples of Christ) apart from total devotion to a family of Christians. Page 173"

"The great commission was not a choice for them to consider, but a command for them to obey. Page 178"

"We don't just live for people to hear the gospel; we long for people to respond to the gospel. Page 187"

"God has given his people worldly wealth for one purpose: the spread of his world wide worship. Disciples of Jesus live simply and sacrificially because we want the glory of Christ in all nations more than we want nicer comforts, newer possessions, and greater luxuries. Page 196"

So what about Africa...well I saw men and women living this out...sacrificing their lives and living simple to see Jesus exalted...

So friends...if you are bored and want to get inspired and challenged...pick up this book...it's more than just an inspiring read...he gives a great plan, outline and pattern for you to make strides in being a disciple and making disciples.


ja

Africa...Kibera

So following my rush out of the hotel room after oversleeping...I found my travel host with a gentle comforting smile on his face. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed to see two new friends. Mary & Joseph Mombo. The Mombo's serve in largest slum in Africa called Kibera. The numbers of people range from a million to around 200K people. My guess is towards to larger number. Ten years ago the Mombo's followed God's call to leave their previous location and life in Nairobi and make their way into the slum. They now run a medical clinic that provides health and medical care to mommas giving birth everyday to babies. Many who are battling HIV/AIDS. Upon arrival they showed me the amazing medical clinic, the church, tin metal school for the children and the abounded orphanage that must be demolished and rebuilt by government standards to house children. I have seen slums all over the world and this one is no different. Rubbish and refuse all over the place. The smell of disease, death, and sickness rampant. Yet in the midst of death the Mombo's are pouring out the light of Jesus. Seeing miracles, deliverance and healing right before their eyes on a daily basis. My heart was stirred. It's what extreme poverty does to me every time...it's the reminder that I must continually lead my family and influence others to live simple so we can serve and give to the poor, widow, orphan and prisoner.

I will leave you with a few photos.


School!!


Check this kid out!


Simple adorable.


These girls are displaced right now.


Clinic on left. Home to be torn down and rebuilt with cement blocks on right.


The old children's home that is condemned.


Delivery room for mommas.


Menu for kids. What would your family think of this menu?


Joseph & Mary Mombo.

So who wants to go serve with me here?

Thanks for letting me process.

Jerrell

Monday, February 18, 2013

Kenya Time...

It appears that the only time I use this blog is when I am either on a trip around the world or during events of importance. Which I suppose is a good thing...I can't write like Amanda Jones or I might write more often.

I had never been to Africa and I can't believe I waited this long. William Taylor was right. He has told me for 7 years now that I needed to come with him. As I got on a plane to fly via Amsterdam to Nairobi I always leave with a pulled heart. I absolutely love being with my family. It's hard on me leaving my family. I would rather take them than leave them. So when I travel without them (which I do often for what I do) it's because Jesus has said to go. To see my son, Jayk, cry when I am leaving makes my heart hurt but he knows why we do what we do. As Christians we help people go to heaven. So as I the plane door closed (after a delay out of Houston) I locked in emotionally to see God's hand in Kenya. I arrived in Nairobi around 8:30 pm and made it to the hotel. I was beat.

The next morning I was to meet our travel provider at 10 am to leave. I woke up at 10:25 (ooops!!). I was up early and closed my eyes for just a few minutes...well those few minutes turned into longer. The great thing which often doesn't happen in the USA is what is known as "Kenyan Time."

So let's talk about time for a bit...I will write them with a number assigned...not that they are sequential...these are just my thoughts blasted from my heart to your eyes...hopefully they will speak to you too...

1. You plan your ways but God directs your steps...but do you let him...do I let him...or do we schedule so much that we have no room for Jesus to do a new thing...a new divine appointment...a divine conversation...a divine rest...

2. We waste our time...even when we schedule it. I like time management. I like getting things done. However, I want to put myself into a position that my life isn't run by clocks, agendas, time, and deadlines. Seriously...I get more work done when I work focused, live focused, serve focused but not on a time clock. So maybe it's not time management but it's life management...but you don't manage a dead life...we died to this life to live a dead life in Christ...we no longer live...He lives in us...Jesus lives in us...you don't have to manage your life when Jesus is your life...I am preaching to myself right now...but can I get an "amen!"

3. Time and community...community is never done on time schedules...relationships grow outside a time clock as well...coffee, meals, tea, lunches, trips, travel...these all need more "time" than people "have" to give...which I am tired of...I am sick of it...we have to schedule community now...how awful is that? I just saw this tweet today: "Working definition of community: people know each other deeply, serve unselfishly, celebrate often and endure life setbacks together. via Mark Miller" Let's let time be what others let control them...and but me and my family...we shall let the Spirit drive lead us...guide us...

4. Kenyan Time...people are people where I was in Kenya...not machines...not individuals trying to make a name for themselves...rather people apart of a greater body...a greater community...so I want to set my clock to Kenyan Time...what about you...? Will you join me...

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

I leave you with the above scripture...your sanctification is what he is after...of your entire being...his faithfulness is what is behind the effort to change your through and through...let your life be changed...

Also pray for me...pray for Kay...pray for Jayk and Judah...pray for wisdom for us...leadership for us...insight...

Thanks
jerrell
Feb. 18, 2013

Please excuse my randomness is writing...some writing, some teaching, some preaching...but all with a heart for Jesus and his kingdom advancement.