Consistency is a trait we all share.
We want to be consistent with our decisions.
When we make a decision making a commitment to do something. We act in accordance with that commitment.
This is true for good decisions – those we perceive to work well. They have outcomes we are pleased with.
This is also true for bad decisions – those we perceive to not work out well. They have outcomes we are not pleased with.
The concept of commitment and consistency come into play for building a tribe for our ministry and evangelism.
A visitor to our website-blog or social media account likes a post. The become willing to sign up for our newsletter. This is a commitment. They also may make a commitment to follow us on Twitter of friend us on Facebook.
These are small commitments. Use this small commitment to lead them into act in alignment to start getting involved.
Let them know they made a good decision.
Encourage them to read more.
Encourage them to grow their participation little by little.
Lead them along a path of consistency.
This is not being manipulative. It is encouraging them to use their talents to help others. It’s encouraging them to grow in Christ.
As time goes by keep encouraging them to participate at higher levels.
Each commitment is a step in that direction. Help them be consistent with each level of commitment.
Build your tribe. Grow your ministry and evangelism.
Be a laborer. Plant seeds and harvest the fruit.
In all we do we shall be humble and demonstrate our joy.
Let me know your thoughts.
Send examples of how you encourage others to grow through their commitments.
It was the beginning of His ministry.
He was tempted and was found blameless.
He taught and was highly regarded.
He healed people and drove out demons.
People were astonished.
Some were skeptical, even those in His hometown.
He gained a following because of miracles.
People listened to what He has to say and commended Him for His knowledge and teaching methods. He taught with authority with what seemed to be no formal training. (One trained to be a Rabbi by apprenticing with a Rabbi.)
It soon came time to develop a group of apprentices for Himself. We call them His disciples – soon to be apostles.
He was on the beach of the lake of Galilee. He spotted the boats he was looking for. The boats owned by Simon and his partners.
He climbed into Simons boat and sat down.
Jesus getting into the boat is Him getting into them.
He was humbling Himself.
He was putting Himself in their shoes, showing He was sympathetic to their condition.
He was willing to become one of them
He made them feel comfortable which is a precursor to removing doubt.
He demonstrated that he was one of them.
He had Simon move the boat away from the shore.
Then He taught them. What exactly we don’t know but it was about the Kingdom of God. I wouldn’t be surprised that it was similar to the Sermon on the Mount.
Then came a truly wonderful event.
He said to Simon (Peter), Put out into the deep [water], and lower your nets for a haul.
Simon (Peter) answered, Master, we toiled all night [exhaustingly] and caught nothing [in our nets]. But on the ground of Your word, I will lower the nets [again].
Notice that Simon acquiescence shows he probably met Jesus before. (See John 2.)
Well you know the rest of the story.
There was a great catch that almost sunk two boats.
Simon recognized the glory of Jesus for the first time.
At Jesus’ calling Simon and his partners left everything and followed Jesus.
Jesus humbled Himself to become one with His “audience”.
We can follow His example. Our audience will feel closer to us. We earn their respect and trust.
The basis for this post is Luke 5: 3-11. Verses are from the Amplified Bible.
How does your tribe expect to be treated? Character counts to them.
What would your tribe say about your character? Here’s one way to find out.
Select the at least five principles from the list below. Describe how you exhibit these principles as you interact with people and why these principles are important to the members of your tribe.
Principles Show Character Counts
Respect, Honesty, Humility
Honor, Hard Work, Quality
Loyalty, Reliability, Commitment
Understanding, Trust, Accountability
Duty, Recognition, Compassion
Innovation, Creativity, Contribution
Communication, Competence, Character,
Fairness, Confidence, Choice,
Service, Knowledge, Passion,
Security, Joy, Contribution
Love Defines Character
Bottom line is that your tribe members want to be loved.
The good thing is that this is what Jesus tells us to do. We are reminded that we are to be humble and place the interests of others above our own. To Jesus, Character counts.
For people to get involved with your ministry they want to know you have their best interests at heart – that you have compassion for what they need. To them Character counts.
The key ingredient here is to give first and give often. And do this before you ask for anything. Often people will ask if they can help you once you helped them. Once they buy-in to your cause they will tell family, friends and acquaintances.
Now you don’t want to be pulling money out of your pocket as a way to give – not for your tribe. You need a cause for them to rally around.
So, find your cause and start blogging about it. This is the giving you need to do. Make sure your character counts.
What do you to show character counts?
How do you teach people about character?
How would you describe the importance of character to a disciple?
Let me know your thoughts.
Why Become a Mentor?
We are grateful for those who mentor us.
We then have the responsibility to become a mentor.
Mentoring could well be part of your job.
But we can also be a mentor as we communicate and interact with our audience.
But if we are troubled (afflicted and distressed), it is for your comfort (consolation and encouragement) and [for your] salvation; and if we are comforted (consoled and encouraged), it is for your comfort (consolation and encouragement), which works [in you] when you patiently endure the same evils (misfortunes and calamities) that we also suffer and undergo. 1 Corinthians 1:6*
As we face and overcome challenges we profit.
It makes us stronger, it makes us more patient and it builds character.
It then becomes our responsibility, as good neighbors, to transfer this knowledge to our audience.
We help people avoid the lesser challenges and we lessen the impact of the more difficult challenges.
So let us then definitely aim for and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another. Romans 14:19*
Here again, it is our responsibility as mentors to eagerly pursue the mutual development of our audience by encouraging them to keep the faith.
And, as mentors, we pass on wisdom from our experiences so they grow and mature.
We who are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves. Romans 15:1*
We who are experienced should help bolster the inexperienced, not to please ourselves but for their welfare.
We do, however, profit.
We profit when we see the seeds we plant help people grow, mature and produce fruit.
Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually]. Romans 15:2*
Mentors joyfully make it a practice to strengthen and encourage others.
Send an encouraging message to your audience with each interaction.
It builds your credibility by showing people you care.
Credibility leads to longevity of relationship.