Christian Discipleship

 “The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer” by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1883.

“The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer” by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1883.

This morning Alex stirred us with a sermon that really asked us what it means to be a disciple and to stand united.  It made me think about a time earlier this week.  As I was walking home from work, I over heard two gentlemen having a friendly debate outside one of their homes.  When I passed them one of them said: "Talk is talk, and action is action".  This random statement has stuck with me all week.  When listening to Alex, I couldn't help but think talk is talk, and action and action.   

As disciples we are called to talk, yet more importantly to act.  I recognize that even with the best of intentions there are often times where other actions would have allowed me to be a better disciple of the Lord.  It is sermons like this morning's that challenge us to continue to be better Christians in all that we do -- talk and action -- while holding firmly to Jesus Christ, our Lord.

There have been many that have gone before us that are strong examples, who lived wholeheartedly with the whole amour of our God like Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  While we can learn so much from them, we must realize what is important is that we are never alone in all the talk and actions that we do -- Jesus Christ is with us.  With him we are stronger, like a bunch of pencils all stacked together that cannot be broken.

Colleen G.