On the second day of my bathroom update project, he asked me where I went to church and that opened a whole conversation up about a book he wrote. I ordered his book from Amazon and it arrived a couple of days later. It's a short book and well written.
Brett writes about discipleship. He shares his personal experiences His message is that we should spend more time teaching others about Christ and less on the things that don't really matter. He stresses that we are responsible for the lives of others whether we teach them or we don't.
He had this to say about discipleship when I spoke with him further on this subject:
“It's never too late to start making disciples.
You will always be able to reach or teach someone I'll never be able to.
This is the great commission given to us all regardless of age.”
Brett Harig, December 8, 2018
He speaks of his “slump” and how he became disconnected from God. In the later chapters he discusses his sin of “pride”. Once Brett figured out his priorities, he regained his relationship with God.
While I don't agree with some of his thoughts on some scriptures in regard to the Holy Spirit, I do agree with him on his message and I love the way he expresses it. He uses his personal experiences to get the point across
The Bible commissioned all of us to go out into the world and teach people the gospel. The problem is we do and we don't do this. We sometimes think that if we say “Come to church with me on Sunday” that's enough. It's not. It's more than that.
Teaching people the gospel as we have been commissioned to do is about living the life. Living the life that Christ instructs us to live. It includes going to services but it is so much more. It's helping others when they need help, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick and elderly, all those benevolent things...but it is so much more than that.
It's about living the life so that others will want to know how you do it. You live happy even when your world is crumbling around you; you live without some of the more expensive things in life that you really don't need, so that you can fund a project to feed the hungry and homeless. It's caring and doing.
The one element in all this caring and doing, is to teach about Christ. DO NOT PREACH or PRESSURE that is not discipling. To teach, all you need to do is remember Christ. For example, if you go out to eat lunch with a friend, ask if they would like to say a prayer for the food. If they say no, say may I? If they say no, then reply with a very polite, “no problem, give me a minute as I pray for myself,” then do it. That is teaching. You don't have to get into “Why can't I say a prayer with you or for you?” or “Well, I am going to pray anyway.” Be nice, be kind, but do it.
This is the message of Brett's book. The Bible says,
“Be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves.”
That's the plan.
Besides being a great plumber, Brett is a great writer. This is his first book and it touches on a subject that is often neglected. He found the words to teach us about being true disciples. This is a book about living what you teach and taking every opportunity to teach it.
While Brett is not over 50, his ideas in this book about living can be applied to the over 50 life. We should not simply go through life following the numbers, but we should go through life creating new numbers!
I asked Brett "why" he wrote this book, here is what he said:
"I wrote this book because that's where I was led to.
A couple of years ago I really disliked reading and writing.
That how I know it was from God because it was something I was comfortable with.
I felt there was a need to share the way God revealed to me to make disciples in a practical way."
Brett Harig, December 9, 2018
If you interested in Brett's book you can purchase it on Amazon.
( https://amzn.to/2AKA19b )
Be sure and leave Brett an Amazon review if you like it 🙂.
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