Read: “The Uprising of Discipleship”
Using another week of fictional narrative, McLaren invites us into the apostolic fellowship once again. This time he takes us to what must surely be the essence of the Gospel–two words, “Follow me.”
Perhaps like me, you have lost count of the articles and books you’ve read, the sermons you’ve heard, the seminars you’ve attended, the audio & video presentations you’ve done, and the studies you’ve engaged in on the subject of discipleship. Most were good and worth doing.
But in another sense, they take us farther away from the two words, “follow me” through the sheer volume of their words. We move from the center to the circumference, and if we are not careful the messages and mentors can eclipse the Master.
McLaren rightly reminds us that if we lived the two-word Gospel (“follow me”), we would never have to worry about getting it wrong or drifting astray. We could forget trying to categorize everything (e.g. personal/social, conservative/progressive) and just walk with Jesus.
If we needed to pray, he would kneel and invite us to kneel with him. If we needed to play, he would find a ball and toss it to us. If we needed to witness, he would be sure someone crossed our path. If we needed to serve, he would show us where and how. If we needed to protest something, he would reveal his breaking heart to us.
This is not naiveté, this is Nativity–light and life that come as we follow Jesus. A holy simplification would emerge from a harried complexification. The person of Jesus would emerge from all our plans and programs about him.
“Follow me” covers it all, creating what McLaren this week calls the uprising of discipleship.