Lead the Cause: Taking on the DNA of a Gospel advancing ministry – Don Olding

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I love my son and when I look at him he really reminds me of myself, at times he replicates what I do and sometimes that is not a good thing simply because I am human!  If anything I would love for my children to take on and replicate the DNA of Jesus (1 John 2:6).

DNA replication is the process by which DNA makes a copy of itself during cell division. 

As I was part of Lead the Cause in Chicago and having recently spent some time with the movers and shakers of Dare2Share, Greg Stier, Debbie Bressina, Jason Loewen and all the staff who tirelessly advance the cause of the great commission, I got to see the inner workings and meticulous planning of building a Disciple-multiplying youth movement. Being able to be a part of a Lead the Cause has really given me a sense of the DNA of this Gospel advancing ministry. It urges me on to replicates and take the DNA that has been infused to the movement we are a part of here in South Africa.

I would encourage those in the USA and here in South Africa (Lead the Cause: Replicate tour 2016) to go and take on the DNA of a Gospel advancing ministry.

If we look at the life and ministry of Jesus we see him relationally discipling his followers with the outcome of multiplication and seeing his disciples replicating the mission Jesus came to do. There was a successful transfer of DNA through the relationships Jesus had with the disciples around him. I really think Jesus was intentional about this and as I see a movement that God has used in the USA (Dare2Share) I believe there are some key factors in successful transfer of DNA that we can learn from as you plan to attend the Lead the Cause either in the USA or South Africa. This will help in successful transfer of DNA, taken directly from the life of Christ.

1. Be Relational 

Get into peoples lives and be genuinely interested. Listen more than you speak. Get out of your comfort zone, as well as your spiritual comfort zone, that’s when you grow! Matthew 14:25-33 Jump out the boat a little everyday. 

2. Be intentional

Be proactive in equipping yourself. Being intentional produces much fruit. Jesus was intentional about where He chose to do ministry, it was strategic and intentional. As Jesus preached in Galilee, “news about Him spread throughout all Syria.” Not only did travelers take the news north into Syria, but they also took it by other roads into “Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan” (Matthew 4:24-5). Being intentional is signing up for a lead the Cause near your City.

3. Be willing to lay it down

Simply put, be willing to learn, be humble and come humble. Learn from Jesus’ model for life and ministry. I was the most arrogant and un-teachable christian (ask me my story), until Jesus grabbed my heart .  

“Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matthew 20:28

“Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.”

— Charles H. Spurgeon

4. Holy Spirit momentum

Let Him show you what he wants from you and the ministry he has gifted you to be a part of. Ask, Seek, Knock. Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. Matthew 4:1 Allow the Spirit to lead even if it means going into places we are not comfortable with. Allow the Holy Spirit to become the momentum and you simply follow!

5. Observe

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 Successful transfer of DNA requires you to watch. Jesus when he called his disciples simply said: “come and see” 

“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day” Matthew 1:39

They saw His life perfectly lived out veiled in his humanity and they could replicate what they saw. Jesus was the perfect example for them to replicate themselves into the greatest example that ever walked this earth.

6. Get down and do it

Therefor Go! Making disciples is ultimately God’s work, and He will accomplish it in His power, but we need to take seriously the importance of the Gospel and taking it to every nation and being faithful to the task we are called to do. 

The opportunity is available to us. Be equipped, be encouraged, let us drive for the last big push for the Gospel advancing ministry on planet earth for all people. Join the Cause!