Living the undeveloped life …

As a kid, did you ever have a teacher who had the habit of asking a lot of questions and randomly calling on students for answers?

Yeah, I did, too.

So you’ve probably also experienced that time when the teacher asks something you have no idea about. As the teacher begins to call on students for answers, you’re panicking inside and saying to yourself, “Please don’t call on me! Please don’t call on me! Please don’t call on me!”

That’s when the teacher calls on you …

A lot of us are happier when we can just fade into the background, when we can observe without being noticed, certainly without being singled out.

That’s how a lot of us “do church” together.

We’re willing to sit in, and we might even be interested in what’s going on, but we don’t want to be called on. We don’t want anyone to see what we really don’t know, what we really don’t understand, or just how ignorant we are when it comes to the Bible or the truth about following Jesus.

Here’s the problem with that: just sitting in leaves you undeveloped.

Being a disciple — one who is a student or learner of Jesus — requires engagement in order to develop.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend,” Proverbs 27:17.

As a Christian, are you stagnating or regressing spiritually because you’re just sitting in? Or are you making yourself vulnerable so you can develop as a disciple?