Dear Reading Friends, this is David Telbat. Thanks for joining me for this Author Reflection called, “One-on-One Special Operations.” In The COIL Series, main character Corban Dowler often takes men aside to speak to them one-on-one to impact their lives for Christ. Corban lives the definition of Christian Special Ops discipleship, even when it threatens his own life or his mission. Christ in men’s lives is Corban’s priority because it is Christ’s priority.
Hang a Quote in a Prominent Place
Working in the ministry full time, and working with state inmates, I can get very busy preaching in the chapel and leading Bible studies. There are always questions to answer (eg, “I’m having nightmares about past sins. Where should I go in the Bible for that?“), and administrative details to address (eg, “What worship music are we singing next service?“). It’s very easy sometimes to forget to care about people’s souls from one day to the next. So, I hang this quote in a prominent place in my house:
Speak to men privately to feel the weight of their souls.”
It was something the late William MacDonald taught. He also said you cannot disciple crowds, that the one-on-one context is best. Getting alone with people means we stop making plans for ourselves and start making plans with other people. Set dates and times to meet and pray.
Footsteps of Christ
God wants us to feel the weight of men’s souls so we become burdened with their need for Christ. These are the footsteps of not just Corban Dowler, but of Christ Himself. Christ is burdened for sinners like you and me. He took time to know men one-on-one.
So when you read in the COIL books about Corban Dowler or Chloe Azmaveth getting alone with people, it’s so they can feel the weight of peoples’ souls as they follow in Christ’s footsteps. May we all find those one-on-one special appointments to live as Christ lived. Hang that reminder where you’ll see it often! 🙂
See you in the field!
If you don’t know Corban Dowler, you can get a peek into his life with a FREE novella Dark Edge here. Enjoy!
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