As we walk through life together there are many stories to share as God weaves together his bigger story from creation to redemption. Here's another "Life Story" that happened a couple weeks ago when we went to Washington to visit Traci and Darrel (Jaime's sister and brother-in-law). One night while watching an episode of CSI, there was a scene in which one of the characters was slicing through a cadaver. This gruesome scene prompted me to turn to Darrel, who is a doctor, and ask him, "Is that how you learned to do surgeries, by cutting open dead bodies?" Darrel shook his head and said, "No." Then he said, "There's a saying in the medical field ... See one, Do one, Teach one. In other words, you see someone do a surgery and over time you then do a surgery under the guidance of an experienced doctor, and then over time you're ready to teach someone else how to do a surgery. The greatest way to learn is to see it, do it, and then teach it." I looked at Darrel and said, "The same is true with discipleship." We watch as someone else lives out the gospel before us and invests into our life. Then we go out and do those things that we learn from our discipler like study the Bible, pray, and witness. And over time with guidance, we go and teach others what we have learned.
Of course, this is not a new method, it's Jesus' method. Sadly, it seems that much of the church has moved away from Jesus' simple method of life-to-life discipleship. In the Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert Coleman writes, "This is one of the marvels of Jesus' strategy. It is so unassuming and silent that it is unnoticed by the hurried churchman."
So without pointing any fingers this morning I asked myself this question: "In my hurried life as a follower of Jesus and shepherd of souls do I take time to intentionally reproduce my life into the lives of others?"