Both/And: Challenge/Invitation

The call of a disciple is one of both Challenge and Invitation.

Luke 9:59-62 – “He said to another person, ‘Come, follow me.’ The man agreed, but he said, ‘Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.’  But Jesus told him, ‘Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead!  Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.’  Another said, ‘Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.’  But Jesus told him, ‘Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.'”

This is the challenge of being a disciple of Jesus.  This is the same challenge that Jesus initially called his twelve to – the challenge to leave it ALL behind and follow Jesus.  Even though the challenge was steep, the very thing that Jesus was inviting them into made it worth it!  Jesus’ invitation to the disciples was one that proved to be life-changing and, in fact, world changing

When we are intentionally disicpling students to be disciples that make disciples as they live out their lives as their mission, we need to be purposeful about the challenge and invitation.

In his book, Building a Discipling Culture, Mike Breen shows the importance of challenge and invitation in discipleship via this chart:

high invite high challenge

What things work best to keep both challenge and invitation high?  What are some solutions to get out of the other quadrants and into the ‘Discipling Quadrant’?  We would love to hear all of your experience!  Next week we will share some of our mistakes and things we have learned moving forward.