The journey has officially begun here in Atlanta. We have been holding weekly Bible studies where we have been going through the book of John and trying hard to develop a strong foundation of fellowship and discipleship. It’s been a lot of me not really knowing what I’m doing to be honest. How do you grow a church? How do you network into the area when you’re broke? So in many ways it’s been frustrating but when God calls us to be His disciple he calls us to a daunting task. A task where stability exits stage left and surrender gets the spotlight. God has been teaching me, “David, this is going to be hard.”
In Luke 14:26 it says- “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters- yes, even their own life- such a person cannot be my disciple.” I feel like Jesus said this and just dropped the mic and left all listeners with their mouths hanging open wondering about how serious he was about what he had just said. In comparison to God- our loved ones and the things we love should mean nothing.
Sometimes it’s so hard to wrap our mind around that! I think it starts with living for eternity and not just this temporary life that we’re so enamored by. We’re just chasing a fickle mistress named, “Happiness” which is tied to our earthly emotions and nothing pimps that mistress better than our families, friends, hobbies, and money. It’s tied to our temporary desires. By no means am I trying to call it irrelevant! I’m just saying it’s a cheap version of what walking with Christ and being a disciple truly offers us. Joy! It is wrapped in eternity and founded on Christ. If we truly live for after this life on Earth we will find joy that passes all understanding.
The biggest thing we have been working on here is discipleship. For me this means building my life on eternity and looking for more people to live a life more like Christ and becoming closer to the Father through sanctification. It’s been really cool seeing the diversity in age and ethnicity we have right now. We all seem to really want to grow together and that makes discipleship fun.
So this is more about what we’re working towards in the heart of our church then anything, but I believe God is working. I would love your prayers through this time because some days I am struggling with sin, money, and discouragement and some days I’m just not sure of life at all. If you would like to give financially toward me that is always welcome. I pray joy and a captivation of God goes with all of you.