The calling of The Navigators is to “advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.”
Whenever I read this, the term laborer always causes me to pause and think about its deeper meaning. Laborer, as it is used here, is synonymous with disciple. LeRoy Eims, author of The Lost Art of Disciple Making, today would be described as a missional leader and missional laborer who lived and discipled among the lost.
I just finished reading the updated version of Laboring in the Harvest
with his son Randy. This book deeply influenced the discipleship movement, and I’m convinced this revised edition will touch a new generation of laborers around the world. The stories and impact on people groups are so encouraging and relevant.
Jesus said in the gospel of Matthew that every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old. The Gospel is 2,000 years old, but it is brand new every day! The imperative to go and make disciples is timeless. May we not be so consumed by planning worship, developing more organizational structures and programs, creating really cool marketing campaigns, and building more facilities that we fail to make disciples.
“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2, ESV)
There is a spiritual hunger and void both inside and outside the church. Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38). Living and discipling among the lost should be our everyday, ordinary life—our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life!
What would happen—what could happen—if half the time we invested in attracting people to church was focused on building relationships?