Ron Rolheiser’s provides a unique perspective on our journey with Christ by breaking it up into three distinct phases. They are:
Essential discipleship – The struggle to get our lives together. This is when we are struggling to figure out who we are. As my friend/mentor, Leighton Ford said recently. “We can’t give ourselves away until we know who we are.”
Generative discipleship – The struggle to give our lives away. “How do I give my life away more deeply, more generously, and more meaningfully?”
Radical discipleship – The struggle to give our deaths away. There comes a point in our lives when the question becomes: “How can I now live so that my death will be an blessing for my family, my church, and the world?” We are meant to leave this planet in such a way that our diminishment and death is our final, and perhaps greatest, gift to the world.
It’s helpful to remember that we are put on this Earth to live for Christ. We are to share His message to everyone we come in contact with. Who are you ‘giving your life away to’?