Being able to observe and discuss his interests and his ministry, I have learned that Dale is gifted in music. In fact, Music was his major in College. It is one of his passions. I can relate in my own terms of being passionate for Education. However, as I observed Dale's ministry here in Scotland, it became apparent to me that there is a difference between his passion and mine.
Dale does not consider his gift of music to be his main venue for his ministry. He considers discipleship first and foremost above that gift. In the Great Commission, Jesus calls his disciples to a life of making disciples all throughout the world (Matt 28:19-20). Dale’s ministry with BMW takes hold of this calling. He sees that the need for church planting and discipleship is far above the need for a good worship team. When there are people who are solid in their theology and growing in the Lord, then he would begin to use his skills in Music. He holds the Gospel is of first importance. His gift is for the betterment of the body when there is a body that needs to be bettered.
I can see that I have not been thinking solely on the Gospel for the Gospels sake. I have focused on becoming an Educator and ministering the Gospel through that venue. But it is the pure and simple Gospel of Christ that I must be devoted to above all. Not just in the classroom, but everywhere and in every area. The Lord showed me through Dale’s example that I have to allow the Gospel to be the main endeavor of my life. This is of first importance.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raises on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” – 1 Corinthians 13:3-4