I have a confession to make. I can be very critical and judgmental sometimes. I try to convince myself that it’s wisdom or discernment or something like that, but it’s really just good ole’ fashioned judgment.
I saw a former teacher of mine post this on social media:
Evangelist D.L. Moody was once criticized by a pastor who didn’t approve of his soul-winning “methods.” Mr. Moody asked the pastor, “What method do you use to bring others to Christ?” The man replied proudly, “I haven’t any at all,” to which Moody responded, “I like mine better.”
The Great Commission passage is familiar to all of us: “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
That’s convicting isn’t it? Are we actually making disciples? Or, like the critic of D.L. Moody, are we content to speculate and pontificate about this method or that, all the while living a life that looks nothing like the model we so love to argue is of course, “the RIGHT way to do things.” Let’s strive to be able to say as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”