Thom Rainer writes, “To have a simple church, leaders must ensure that everything in their church does fits together to produce life change. They must design a simple process that pulls everything together, a simple process that moves people toward spiritual maturity.” (Simple Church, Returning to God’s process for discipleship, Page 26)
Like The Simple Church, I want to have a “simple, intentional life,” that is focused on making disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus.
What do I want written on my obituary one day? Stan Lubeck died as he lived, engaged in loving others, serving others and discipling others to become what God purposed them to be from eternity past. He was committed to inspiring others to become more like Jesus, releasing Jesus’ love, compassion and grace on the culture, for the glory of God.
Stan left a legacy of well equipped leaders, people of faith, like David’s “mighty men of valor,” who banded together to do something great that could never have been accomplished by an individual and can’t be explained except to say that God was in it. Stan was a servant leader of leaders who invested in the next generation, living out the Greek Proverb… “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they will never sit in.”
Stan served God’s purpose in his generation. He kept the faith.
Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers…(ESV)
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (NIV)
How about you? God isn’t finished with me yet, but I can dream about what he might still do…