One of my favorite children’s book begins “Julia’s house came to town and settled by the sea.” Ben Hatke tells the story of Julia whose house comes to town and is too quiet. Julia gets the idea to hang a sign that says “Julia’s house for lost creatures.” She waits and then a patched up kittie comes to live with her, leaving kitty marks all over the house and on the walls. Then a sad troll come to the door and settled into her favorite chair. Then a whole lot different creatures show up asking for towels, soap, food, and spilling things without cleaning up after themselves, and using Julia’s stuff. Julia yelled “everybody stop!” And she makes a new sign “Julia’s House Chore Chart.” And all the lost creatures helped maintain their new home.
In John 1, we are told that Jesus tabernacled among us---or as the Message puts it—God moved into the neighborhood. God’s house came to town and settled next door. We saw the sign outside that said “God’s house for lost creatures.” And we moved in. We once were lost, but now we are found.
Yet, like in Julia’s story, we find that God calls us to participate in the Father’s House. This is what discipleship is all about—learning how to live in a new way. There is a new language we have to learn. Instead of speaking the language of fear, we are learning the language of love. Instead of living selfishly, we are learning to live generously. Paul in Romans states it as no longer living by our selfish nature but by the Spirit. Being a disciple is about going through that journey or process where we learn how to live by the Spirit, speak the new language of love. That is the main mission of the church—to make disciples….and we all are being made into disciples and we are all called to make disciples. As your pastor, I am needing to be trained as a disciple. Whether you have been a member of a church since a baby or for only a year, we all need to be trained as a disciple.
So what does the “chore chart” look like? How are you being made into a disciple—learning to live in the way of Jesus?
In September we will start looking at the Way of Jesus so we can train as disciples. I encourage you to think of ways you can grow in your faith, become a disciple, and who can you encourage to grow in their faith. Together we can be the church—God’s House for lost creatures.