The other night I was chatting with my teenage daughters over dinner about discipleship. We discussed how one of the smartest things we can do is to seek out mentors to learn from, and in turn, we should also disciple others in what we have learned. That’s how Jesus lived his life. He listening to God, his dad, then mentored and discipled others through the mountains and valleys of life.
Jesus’ “purpose,” according to Ephesians 4:12-14, was “to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son. God’s goal is for us to become mature adults – to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ.”
These verses are at the heart of ServLife’s mission. To build up a unified, global community. To equip local leaders to serve the people in their villages. To equip, empower, train, teach, educate, to serve others as they serve. The point of all of this is to become mature, to become more like Jesus Christ, then to serve and show his love to others so they can become mature like Jesus. And by the grace of God, it’s working. Pastor Bahadur’s church has grown to 19 people in the first year and the outcast in the village are experiencing love and acceptance for the first time in their lives. Eliha’s father lost his job, but through an education sponsorships, Eliha and her brother are now able to attend school. Kastura was living on less than a dollar a day but now with her small loan to buy goats, her family’s life has been changed.
Thank you for being a part of God’s work equipping, training and empowering others around the world.
May we continue to grow, and equip others to grow in maturity to become more like Jesus.