One new disciple, 24yo, is living daily with us and doing things together like cooking, gardening, making tables and chairs and other community projects to serve orphans and widows and the poor around us.
People, specially younger ones needed to be told what they needed to do because they do not know what to do. As young as they are they can learn playing all day long on their phones without someone telling them to do it. So a part of training is to “equip them in every good work.”
One time Albert told him to paint the assembled rocks with clear epoxy for our plant rental business. He was specifically told what to do. He should have not used all of it for a number of rocks but, “why, did you used it all for others?”
“Oh, they’re not shiny enough.” He said.
“You were told only to paint a number of rocks.” Albert says, “even if they’re not shiny enough that’s not what you are told to do.”
“Well, I thought it may look more beautiful!” For the last two months he’s with us he loves to put colourful words to everything that he do.
“One question,” I interrupted, “is what you did more is obeying what you are told to do or not?”
Without a long pause of thinking what to answer either yes or no, he said “No.”
Practicing obedience as you equip them in every good work is important for the obedience of Christ when we fully are ready to be used by Him. Many wants to be used by Him yet come unprepared.
Like most of us, when God only told us to this and that we want to do more. The end result is disobedience to what He only called us to do. We want to please and impress Him or the people around us.
In living with others there are community ‘works of service’ daily ‘from house to house.’ Unlike in nominal churches, ‘ministry’ is defined by specific things you do like leading songs, playing guitar, cleaning floors, teaching Sunday school, leading bible study group, leading youth etc. We ask “what’s your ministry?” But in the community we ask “who do you serve today?” That’s why whenever any saints come to ‘visit’ here I encourage them to do ‘yahshab’ instead. You don’t pay a visit for your family. You come to live. And if you can’t live among us next door then at least do ‘yahshab’ (psalm 133:1) “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity.” That word ‘dwell’ in Hebrew is ‘yahshab’ means ‘sit together, prolonged relationship, not a quick meeting.’ You don’t maintain your relationship with your own brother by doing meetings. Families don’t do meetings, they just meet a lot.
“Did you bring any chicken? How about a banana for one of our widows? A loaf of bread? A sachet of milo or coffee?” Are our normal questions to prompt you to share something in the household of faith. “What can you share?” Is a kingdom-economy principle to ask. This is how we live in the economy of the kingdom of God. Sharing, no buying, no selling. Give and receive. “If you cannot bring anything, do some gardening, wash those widows clothing, clean her house, I don’t want guitars and pianos here, get some things done for other people, not for yourself. Practice denying and laying down your life for your brethren.”