Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Are you only living to make a living?

I ran into him at an office store. As soon as I saw him, my heart lifted. I know him as a friend and one of the best handymen in the business. He's been to my house many times to make up for my lack of domestic handyman competence... and he always makes sure I don't pay too much. I love this guy. I've broken bread with him in his home. We put a roof on my house together with a few other crazy friends. He's special to me. "Hey man, it's great to see you!" I said as I hugged this bearded 50-something year-old manly man right in front of the store clerk. "What are you doing?"

"Trying to get organized," he said, smiling holding up a calendar for the upcoming year.

"Me too! Though I'm not too confident about getting my life organized anytime very soon," I said with a smile on my face... joking... but not really. "I just talked to Stacy about having you help me with my current honey-do list," I said hopefully.

He said, "I'd be glad to help you with that list. But check this out. I'm not going to do the handyman thing much longer. I just don't have enough time and energy to do all that needs to be done to do the business side of it by myself."

"So what are you going to do?" I asked, starting to feel slightly alarmed at the possibility of not having his help with my honey-do list.

"Well, you know I'm friends with [names a prominent and respected Christian man in the business]. He offered to hire me at a very wonderful salary... and I could do what I'm basically doing right now without all the headaches of the business side of things."

I said, "Hey, that's great. So that's what you're going to do then?"

"Well, no. I prayed about it and I sensed God wanted me to join a couple of others guys. These two guys are real close to beginning a relationship with God... but they're not quite there yet."

I gently slapped him on the left arm and said, "Wow, I can't think of a better guy to help them on their journey. Are you getting a similar deal with these guys?"

"Yes and no. Yes to doing what I do best without having the headaches of the business stuff. No to the really wonderful salary part." Then he paused, looked me square in the eyes and said, "I just think this is something God wants me to do... and we both know this whole journey isn't about money."

Wow. Here I am in an office store minding my own business, and God shows up. I knew the words were coming from my friend, but my spirit sensed I was hearing directly from the very heart of God (Luke 15). This guy is not just some highly skilled handyman who is at the beck and call of the highest bidder. He's a man on a mission... a mission from God.

He's a disciplemaker disguised as a handyman.

I called him by name and said, "I will be praying for you and your ministry." He thanked me and we parted.

Now, what about you? Yes, I’m talking to YOU.

Are you living to make a living... or are you living to make disciples?

How would you complete the following sentence? "I'm a disciplemaker disguised as a __________________________." (Insert whatever you do in the blank.)


Do you want to learn to live like this? Check out these links...
* Start here—Step #1
* Here's a guide for you.

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