From the first chapter of the Bible, we hear the power of God’s word, “Then God said, Let there be light. … Let us make man in our own image. … And so it happened.” (Gen 1:3-26).

The Gospel of John reveals more — “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be (John 1:1-3).” Jesus is the Word of God who gives himself to us in word, action, and Spirit so that we can have, as Paul says, “the glory to be revealed for us.” (Rom 8:18). The privilege of discipleship is experiencing Jesus but the action of discipleship is the willingness to convert our hearts and love in mission to all others. This is our proper response to the beauty of the revelation of God.

Yes, but I don’t know what to say. Yes, but I’m not smart enough to talk about the Bible. Yes, but there’s COVID and I can’t get out. Yes, but there’s COVID and life’s too short. Yes, but … fill in whatever excuse that comes to mind, and believe me we all have them.

Jesus made it simple: Love God and love your neighbor. You don’t have to say anything but you do have to love. If you say something, say it with love. If you do something, do it with love.

Once you are friends with someone you have loved, you can tell them the reason for your love. If your actions have been consistent with your words, you may be listened to. Whatever your friend decides to do, remember you have no control over their reaction. You may be delighted or you may be disappointed but the point is to love and plant seeds. Do not judge ahead of time and avoid those who you think have a heart like a hard path or rocky ground, or those who live among many thorns.

You have been blessed with the privilege of discipleship so keep converting your heart and loving in mission to all others by sowing the Word.