Jesus said that we would do even greater works than He did. Which, of course, to us sounds a bit ridiculous. I mean, c’mon Jesus, don’t you realize that You’re, like, Jesus?
But say it He did, and most of us agree that at least part of what He meant was that we, collectively, would do more things than what one man could do, even Jesus. So towards the end of Jesus’ ministry, we read of Him spending more and more time with the twelve, so that even on the night He was betrayed He didn’t stand on a hill teaching thousands, but spent it with the same eleven guys He’d been pouring into for the past few years (the twelfth was off doing something else, if I remember correctly). In the same way, as I begin this final semester that I’ll be here in Central Asia, I realize that I need to be intentional with those who have been FAT (Faithful, Available, and Teachable). That translates into three groups for us:
1) Our leadership team;
2) New believers;
3) Those who are particularly open to the Gospel or close to the Kingdom.
What that really means is being more attentive to my schedule–not merely meeting with every random person I meet on the bus who wants to improve his English, but primarily those who will be impacted most in these next six months. It’s definitely difficult for me–I mean, I should be able to do everything, right?–but it’s also necessary. For our leadership team, that means more intentional discipleship–meeting with them every week and giving them concrete goals to work towards. For the new believers, we’ve begun having meetings on Sunday afternoon to teach them the basics of the faith and to give them the tools they need to find good church fellowship in the future and to learn better how to “feed themselves” (to use a bit of Christianese). For those close to the Kingdom, it means more meals together, which works out really well for me because I just married an amazing cook, and it’s been great to already have people over at our new apartment to eat, play games, and talk about life and God.
The technical term for what I did is “marrying up”
Although this is my fourth, and possibly final semester here in Central Asia, it’s shaping up to be the best one. Greater works, indeed.