One of my favorite pastimes is barbecue. Cuts of meat that are tough and difficult to eat become soft and tender when barbecued. When done right, the fat renders and the meat softens as it is cooked with heat and smoke of charcoal and wood. You just can’t beat the smell of the barbecue as it cooks all day. There is something about the process of cooking meat low and slow that transforms it.

Our walk with Jesus has a lot in common with barbecue. We come to him toughened by the world and the things we’ve faced. We can only be transformed by an external source working on us. For the meat the external source is the heat of the fire, for us as Christians the external source comes by the daily picking up of our cross.  “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” as Jesus said in Luke 9:23.

Just like the meat needs the heat to do its work on it, we need Jesus to do His work on us. Low and slow is the technique for barbecuing and making disciples. We commit to this process by choosing to read our Bibles, commit to prayer, finding life in small groups and lifegroups, and coming together to worship on Sundays. 

There is a saying, “trust the process.” Every pitmaster trusts the process will yield a delicious dish. So, they commit to do the work to assure the process is followed. In the same way, disciples of Christ are to trust the process. Know that God will transform us if we trust the process of disciple making. 

Be Blessed and Be a Blessings,

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