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The Initiative

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4-6

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This week, we will discuss the discipleship pillar of initiative. This is the beginning of discipleship. In order to create and build relationships with people, we must initiate and move toward people.

When we consider our “woven” theme, initiation is where we start “weaving the net.” Each person is a string; as we initiate with others, our lives begin to intertwine. As we foster relationships, we do life together and walk alongside each other. The strings connect to form a strong bond. And because of this strong bond, discipleship becomes possible.

Initiative

In order to be in relationship with people and make disciples, we must initiate. As you may know, initiate means to start something or to teach someone the basics of something. Similarly, initiative means, “the energy and desire that is needed to do something” (Merriam-Webster).

In order to initiate, we need to be intentional. When we are intentional, we start conversations with others, we see needs and meet them, we listen, we love, we serve, we give, and we care. Initiative is a “moving toward” people. This is the “Go” of the Great Commission.

Moving Toward

How do we move toward others? Let’s consider how Jesus moved toward us. In Ephesians 2:4–6, Paul said, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” In what ways has God moved toward us? He comes to us in our worst place, when we are spiritually dead, when we can do nothing—not even reach out a hand to Him.

When He comes to us, He makes us alive. He gives us life, breath, hope, vision, and a future. And He doesn’t stop there; He then raises us up with Him. He takes us to a better place—a place of fellowship with Him.

With the help of God and through discipleship, we have the opportunity to move toward others in all types of settings and situations. We can show others true life, breath, hope, freedom, grace, mercy, and love in the same ways Christ has shown it to us. This is our motivation. This is what compels us: Christ’s irrational love for us.

How Have Others Moved Toward You?

In order to fully understand initiating or moving toward others, think about the ways people have moved toward you throughout your life. Who are the people who have come alongside you during a difficult time? Who are the people who have celebrated with you? Who are the people who have shown you Christ? By initiating with others, we get to be those people who come alongside others and show them Christ through our actions.

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How has Jesus moved toward you throughout your life?

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He has drawn me to him by giving me an insatiable desire to learn more of him through his word and others. He encourages me to be his hands and feet by serving others and sharing with them the things he is showing me of the truth of his word and reality.

Honestly, I need to pay attention more. I believe he moves toward me every day but I don’t pay attention. I need to be more intentional about asking this question every day. I am reminded here everywhere I go people were intentionally brought into my path by God. I need to be intentional to respond to God by praying and responding to the path He put me on.

My father’s personal miracle story was my start.
Pat Rickon was instrumental with wisdom.
Forest Home and conferences.
College friend would not let go urging us to church.
A Time To Run Billy Graham movie.
Women’s Bible Study Fellowship. Joan Fredrickson/Eleanor Holien leaders.
Finally our faith became our lives.
Consistent church home weekly ongoing.

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