You can only do who you are
By Bishop Gary Mueller
The mission of the UMC is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It’s a clear purpose, and there are lots of resources to help you do this. But here’s the thing I’ve learned. I can’t make disciples unless I’m first a disciple. And I can’t transform lives, communities and the world unless I am first transformed.
The work of UM Men is helping men grow in Christ, so others may know Christ. Again, it’s crystal clear, and there are lots of resources to assist. But what I love about it is the way it reminds me that I share Christ as a result of first growing in Christ.
Why does all this matter? It matters because we’re not doing a very good job of making disciples of Jesus Christ or helping others know him. The cure is not creating better resources or working harder. Rather, we must begin by taking an honest look at who we are. Not by beating ourselves up, but rather by asking some important soul questions.
Are we serious about growing in your relationship with Jesus Christ?
Are we working to become a more faithful disciple in every aspect of your life?
Are we seeking to be so transformed that you live in Jesus’ heart, have your heart shaped by his heart, and share his heart through your words and deeds?
Answering these questions is not a one and done. It’s a journey that begins where we are, continues throughout our lives and lasts for eternity. It’s a journey, however, that will bless us as it takes us deep into the heart of Jesus.
Bishop Gary Mueller, vice president
General Commission on UM Men