I was struck by a statement that I came across yesterday from Dawson Troutman, “Whenever you find a Christian who is not leading men and women to Jesus Christ then something is wrong.” (Born to Reproduce, Navpress 2008)
What struck me was the obvious assumption by the writer that we should be both aware of and at work at the sowing and harvesting of God’s great commission. In addition, his words not intended to be condemnation, but loving accountability were shared in earnest not just for those called to evangelism, but those who are simply called to follow Christ.
It wouldn’t surprise me that many in our culture might somehow be offended by both his assumption and declaration by responding how does this guy get off telling us if we are not personally leading men and women to Christ, then we have something wrong at work? His bio speaks clearly, this guys was a world changer. But how?
Consider Troutman’s life even if you lack affinity of style or doctrine. He was impassioned to live out his call to discipleship and founded the Navigator’s movement. Scripture memory, holiness of heart and life as a model, and life on life discipleship were lifted above all other efforts as those premium behaviors that advanced the Kingdom of God by making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Troutman died while rescuing a drowning swimmer in Schroon Lake, New York as a testament to his life not being his own. His work was passionate, loving, and earnest. Our culture both accepts and embraces those qualities. But he was also living in loving accountability in both receiving it personally and advocating it in the lives of others. That is something I think that might serve us well to recapture as we have experienced the law of pacification and the entitlement consumerism to the detriment of the Christian movement in the western world. Lord, teach us your love language of loving accountability and teach us how to use it well for your glory and our mutual benefit! Amen.