A guy walks into a coffee shop. This guy was me and I wanted coffee. I buy whole bean and grind it at home for my french press. I’m a coffee “fan.”
Guy who works at the coffee shop offers to teach me how to make better coffee. I wonder, “Who is he to teach me how to make better coffee?” When I was turning burgers for McDonald’s, did that endue me with power and knowledge to help others learn to cook better burgers?
More importantly, and more convictingly, is this how I approach my own job? Is it my place to presume I have something to offer others to help them live lives more in line with God’s will?
Who am I to presume you are not already doing well with God?
As I walked out of the coffee shop I realized that two things needed to happen before I would deign to learn at the feet of the Coffee Guru. First, I would like to taste his coffee. Second, he should probably test my coffee. Then we could perhaps both know who should be teaching whom how to make better coffee.
Which brings me back again to comparing this with my own job. For that matter, to our call as Christians to be making disciples. We ought to be crafting lives such that, should we invite someone to follow us, they will see something about our lives and the way we live them they find worth following.
If you were to invite someone to follow you, shouldn’t you at least let them know where it is you think you are going?