There are 5 Dimensions of the human person we have identified in our new vision of discipleship:
- Spiritual Formation undergirds all the others and is the way we summarize what it means to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Matthew 22:37-40).
- Personal Wholeness focuses on emotional heath and proper self-respect, and biblically, emotional and spiritual maturity are inseparable (Ephesians 4:17-5:33; Colossians 3:1-16).
- Healthy Relationships is the dimension that reflects the biblical command to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” From our families to our friendships, all relationships can be marked by love and wisdom (I Corinthians 13)
- Vocational Clarity means we have a sense of calling and purpose that is more than our current job, but informs our daily life and work (Ephesians 2:8-10).
- Economics and Work is the dimension that speaks to our daily lives as the place where our discipleship and mission are carried out (Jeremiah 29; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; I Timothy 2:1-6)
These dimensions are all interrelated, since Christ is Lord over the totality of our lives, not just one portion. For example, if we are learning to pray continually and hear God’s voice (NOT “hearing voices”, friends!), we will be better equipped at home and work with patience and productivity. If we are offering our work as worship to God and know its value, we will be happier in our relationships. As we manage our negative emotions and cultivate hope, we will have better marriages and work environments.
Throughout church history, God’s people have met in small groups for prayers and study, accountability and mutual support. Often group members will answer questions about their walk with the Lord and then encourage and pray for each other. The 5 Dimensions of DDA offer a great personal “check in” with God and with our small groups or our mentors. Here is a way for each believer to check their own hearts and/or work with a mentor or small group
- Am I enjoying intimacy with the Lord, both in private and public worship? Is the bible part of my day and the principles of God’s word informing my life?
- How am I doing emotionally? Am I more hopeful? Am I forgiving myself and others and letting go of the negative past and trusting God for what is ahead?
- How are my relationships with family and friends, co-workers and neighbors? Am I watching my tongue and being a source of encouragement to others?
- Am I cultivating my calling, developing my gifts and talents for God’s glory? Am I caring for those who cannot return the favor and contributing to the common good?
- Is my daily work glorifying God and helping all around me? Do I see why my work matters?
Friends, imagine millions of believers checking in like this with the Lord and each other and helping each other grow! May we be part of a new awakening rooted in discipleship that is a response to God’s grace and love in Jesus Christ.