When I drive my car down the highway, I need to find one lane in which I am comfortable and stay in it. Similarly, God made each of us with unique gifting, training, calling and experience so that we would function best in our own lane through life. The correct lane is the maximum place of growth, service, & blessing. As disciplers, one of our privileges is to help others discover the lane that is best for them. Here are some principles to keep in mind.
- Help them identify their calling.One pitfall to avoid is expecting others to be carbon copies of ourselves. We need to let them be whom God intended and find the lane God has designed for them.
- Help them say no. Many people today are overwhelmed and overcommitted. But as they discover God’s lane for them, that automatically means they must say “no” to other lanes that have much potential but were never designed for them. This will surely ramp up their prayer lives.
- Help them live in God’s grace.We must help those we disciple anchor their lives in God’s grace. Experiencing God’s grace takes the focus off of what we do and places it on who we are: children of God. Only a deep experience of God’s grace will give us courage to embrace our unique lane and say “no” to the many voices that lead us this way and that.