CHRISTIANS ARE CHRISTIANS BECAUSE THEY ARE BORN AGAIN:
DISCIPLES ARE DISCIPLES BECAUSE THEY ARE MADE FROM A LONG JOURNEY:
The journey to becoming a disciple:
The trip to becoming a disciple is not a quick trip, nor is it a straight trip without detours, stops and many people moving in and out of our lives. The road to salvation is straight and narrow, but the road to becoming a disciple has valleys, mountain tops and wilderness places.
When I was living in Pennsylvania, Debby and I would often visit the Amish. Each Amish family specialized in one area of expertise. One family made furniture, another made cheese and butter, another made quilts, one family worked with leather, and so forth. We began to learn the last names of some of the Amish families and what particular article they specialized in.
One day I remember being at an Amish family that worked with leather like belts. I asked them how to get to the Toyer family. The Toyer’s built oak and hickory furniture and I wanted an oak and hickory rocking chair. The response to the question I received has remained with me for over 25 years now. The Amish gentleman replied “you can’t get there from here.”
The Amish families rode in horse drawn buggies and it took a lot of time going from one place to another. Therefore, they would leave their farm and go to the next family and stop for a while and then head out to the next family and stop there. This was done until they finally arrived at the farmhouse which was their original aim.
If they were at the Miller’s farm and wanted to go to the Toyer’s farm, they would travel from the Miller’s to the Yoder’s to the Hochstetler’s and then to the Toyer’s. That is why they answer, “you can’t get there from here.” If they wanted to get to the Toyer’s they had to get there from someplace else.
Now let’s bring this into becoming a disciple. I want to say, “we can’t get there from here.” We can get there from somewhere else, but we can’t get there from here. It is a process of moving from one place to another were each move takes time and effort and crossing roads and fellowshipping with numerous people each who teach us something new about the Word and character of God. It is a process of becoming Christ-like in the soulish man whereby we decrease as He increases in and through us.
So the next time you meet a believer who is pouring the Word in you with grace and peace and you wonder why God put that person in your life, just remember, you can't get there from here.