BBQ, Grandma and the impact of discipleship
BBQ Kansas City Style
I’m not a native of Kansas City but I’ve lived here now for over 9 years and it feels like home. One of the things that Kansas City is known for is its BBQ. One local restaurant that is very well known is called Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que. I have eaten there more times than I’d like to admit. Their BBQ is one of the best in town, if not the country. What an impact! It is so good, in fact, that I’d eat almost all of my food and forget to put the “BBQ sauce” on the meat. Their ribs will fall off the bone and be so tender and so juicy, I actually hated to spoil it by putting BBQ sauce on it.
Any good BBQ “expert” knows there are at least two key factors in cooking good meat, the “rub” and the amount of cooking time. The rub is the blend of spices that you use to put on the meat and then you actually “rub” it into the meat. The magic happens by figuring out the right amount of time to let the rub sit on the meat and the right amount of time needed to cook it. In both cases, you cannot rush it. The rub needs time to settle into the meat and the meat needs time to cook.
The “rub” of Discipleship
Discipleship was designed this way. You need someone in your life that can “rub” off on you. Someone whose “spice” of life can take time to be seasoned into yours. That rub doesn’t take effect until you’ve spent a lot of time with that person. It won’t happen overnight.
Grandma – the real life example
My grandma is a great example of this. She had a servant’s heart and every Sunday that we ate at her house she would tirelessly cook dinner and clean up for all of her kids and grandkids. Sunday after Sunday she would consistently “rub” off on me what it meant to be a servant. She thought of others first and considered their needs ahead of hers. Her “rub” was seasoned to perfection in my life when one night I was feeling particularly down, she came into my room to tell me that she could see something was bothering me and that she loved me. Something “clicked” in me that night and I have taken that “rub” of a servant’s heart and tried my best to instill it into others that I disciple. Her “rub” has made an impact around the world at this point because of the ones I have discipled who have discipled others.
What kind of impact will you choose to have?
A good friend of mine, Brian Phipps, has developed some discipleship studies that last 26 weeks and 50 weeks. Seems like a long time to be in one “Bible Study”. My question is, how can discipleship take less time. It is amazing to me that once you start to rub off on someone, 50 weeks seems too short an amount of time. In fact the 40 years I had with my grandma was too short. So who are your rubbing off on? Who is rubbing off on you? Jesus’ command was to go into all the world and make disciples. You won’t do that in a six week study. So if your not in a group that is truly changing the way you walk with Christ, consider starting a Followers Made group. I think you’ll be amazed at how God will allow you to rub off on and impact each of the others in your group. You won’t end up with cheap BBQ, what you’ll get are disciples that will impact the world!