Justin Hiebert

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Adapting the metric

Posted on 02 Jul 2013 in Culture, Discipleship | Comments Off on Adapting the metric

How are you doing?

Interesting question isn’t it? Depending on the context, you are likely to answer it in a variety of different ways.

In a public setting, it might be: “Good.” (Whether or not you are).

To some friends or family you might open up more and share a little deeper.

To an old friend that you haven’t seen in awhile, you might respond with an update on the family. “The wife is good, the kids are growing, I finished school and we moved to a new house.”

A modern style house in the Canberra suburb of...

The goal is not a bigger, nicer house. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These are all good things to share. They are appropriate and have their place. People want to know this sort of information.

But what I’ve also found is that it’s easy for us to avoid an even more important metric for how we’re doing: the Christian standard of disciple-making.

How are you doing?

“Good. We just bought a bigger house.” That’s a lot different than, “Good. I shared Jesus with three people this week, invested in someone with leadership potential and discipled someone in my church.”

As Jesus followers, we need to keep in mind the important metric of what Jesus calls us to. It’s not a bigger house, it’s not a better looking family, it’s not a newer car or custom made Italian suit. The metric to which Jesus calls us is in discipling. It’s in calling people to find him. It’s in shaping, participating in, and living in a Kingdom that is not like anything this world has to offer.

The call of Jesus is faithfulness to the message of God: equity, justice, love, grace, acceptance, and Good News for everyone.

Particularly this week as we are inundated with phrases like “God Bless America” it’s easy to become ‘me focused’. We look inward. Saying “God Bless America” is sort of like saying, “God gave me a bigger house.” The truth is we need to change our metric and our perspective. The point of God’s blessing is never to keep it isolated to oneself or a localized community. The point of any godly blessing is to bless others.

Look at Israel. They were not blessed because they were particularly special, they were blessed so that they could bless others. Well, at least that was the point. They didn’t always do too well.

And I think we need to learn from that.

The truth is that most of us are far too rich and far too fat for our own good. We have been blessed. What we haven’t done is is pass that blessing on to others. We haven’t shared the Kingdom in the ways that God desires of us.

The next time someone says, “How are you doing?” take time to think about what really matters.

  • Have you been a tangible sign of God’s love to those around you?
  • Have you invested in people that God has put you into relationship with?
  • Have you discipled those close to you?
  • Have you been living in God’s in-breaking Kingdom, pointing the way to the God and his amazing love?
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Justin Hiebert

Leadership Catalyst - Entrepreneur - Coach at JSHiebert Leadership Coaching
I am a Business and Life Coach in both non-profit and for profit settings. I coach leaders, executives, and pastors in areas of vision, clarity, and values. In relationship coaching I focus on healthy and sustainable relationships, and in leadership development roles I catalyze change for individuals and groups to thrive. I also consult churches and organizations on how to train new leaders and create a healthy culture. In addition to that, I am an Anabaptist pastor in the Denver metro area. I specialize on topics that include: missional theology, discipleship, culture and the church in today’s society. I am married to my wonderful wife Elise and we have three kids. I grew up and now work in the United States Mennonite Brethren Church (USMB) and love the people and history of the Mennonite Brethren faith. I am a graduate of Tabor College with a dual degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Leadership, a graduate of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctoral Student and Bethel Seminary. I also teach college classes in areas of Bible, Communication, and Business.

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