Monday, October 04, 2010

How God Organizes People For Effective Action - Part 1

**This series began as an assignment for Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary**


Throughout the Scriptures, regardless of the situation being used by our Lord, we clearly see that there is a purpose and a structure to the approach taken by God when dealing with His people. The Biblical model for discipleship is certainly included. Here this seminarian’s understanding of how God organizes people to be effective in discipleship is presented. Previous graduate studies come into play when discussing job design which is currently one of the focuses in the human resources profession.[1] The secular model has similarities to the Biblical model God used when preparing the Israelites for their eventual entry into Canaan in that specific tasks were assigned to various people most suited for those tasks. In Numbers 1 – 5, God clearly assigns tasks to the priests as to who would be responsible for transporting various parts of the Tabernacle.

Later in Scripture we see that the twelve were called for the purpose of being prepared and sent out to make other disciples. After having been prepared, others could clearly see that they have been with Jesus and they were blameless in their dealings while they were on the mission field. Each step of the process was very intentional achieving the results intended by Christ in selection of his disciples, teaching them to be like Him, sending them out to reproduce what they had been taught while being a blameless witness for Jesus.

This methodical approach is the intended method by which discipleship is to be carried out by the church. The first step is coming to Christ. After this, spending time with Him and learning how to become more like him is essential. Once this preparation is complete, then we are to go out into the world and reproduce this process making other disciples always mindful that we are being watched by those around us looking for a way to discredit this work.

[1] Schermerhorn, Jr., John R., James G. Hunt, and Richard N. Osborn. Organizational Behavior, 8th Ed. (Danvers, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003), 152.

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