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1 Chronicles 6-7; John 8:21-36

I sat next to a man at a conference once, and I noticed he wasn’t taking notes.

“You’re not taking notes?” I asked. I was scribbling wisdom all over the margins as fast as I could.

“No,” he said. “I never read my notes. If whatever is said doesn’t make enough of an impact for me to remember it, there’s no point in writing it down.”

Hmm. I still took notes, but I got his point.

I’ve taken a few Bible studies with groups of women. The studies were amazing. Some studies shook my world so hard, I cried. Some were healing. Some gave me a lot to think about, even when it was over. But honestly, I never went back to the books to look at my notes. Workbooks began to grow on shelf space, until one day I recycled them.

I don’t buy books as much as I used to. I go to the library. If I dog-ear enough memorable passages in a book, I’ll buy a copy of it (but even still, with the reading time I have available, I’m usually consuming new material than revisiting books I’ve already read.). Life is too short to read everything I want to read, and then read it again. But maybe that’s because I’m a slow reader.

Right now I’m reading Multiply by Francis Chan. I renewed the book three times before I even started it because I was knee-deep in several other books. I’m halfway through it now, and doing it all wrong since I’m not watching the videos online or discussing it with a group. Even still, there’s impact.

This morning I got on my knees before the Lord and prayed about a lot of things. But mostly, that I would be aware of the opportunities to put his word in action. Sometimes I’m too rushed to notice. Sometimes I forget about the right thing in the moment. Sometimes I don’t make the connection that blessing an enemy is as close as the person across from me at a get together.

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32, NLT.

The Bible is a book I never want to put down. I hope that I will spend my whole life searching scripture, praying and clinging to the Lord. He is at work changing this heart of mine.

Lord, I’m grateful for the teachings in so many books and studies, even more grateful for your very words in my own hands. You are truth. You are freedom. You are life. Thank you for meeting me where I am, for your love and patience, and for your faithfulness. I’m even thankful that I have yet to read the whole Bible in a year.

Courtney (66books365)

 

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Gen. 29, Matt. 28, Esther 5, Acts 28

Scripture …”All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matt. 28:18-20, ESV, italics added)

Observation This is the final verse in Matthew’s Gospel. It is Jesus’ post-resurrection, pre-ascension, final instructions to His disciples. Jesus is giving His disciples their marching orders; preach the Good News to all nations and make disciples… that is, teach them to be His students, and to be do-ers of the Word.

As if being a witness of the Good News was not enough, Matthew takes it a step further; I am to teach others to obey his commands. The reassuring aspect of this passage is Jesus’ promise to be with me as I carry out the mission.

Application When I think about the disciple-making element of the Great Commission, I find myself asking these questions:

  • Jesus has commanded me to Love others unselfishly, forgive those who mistreat me, pray without ceasing, and so many other things…  Am I learning to observe these things in increasing measure?
  • I’m called to teach others what I’ve learned, and I’ve only really learned what I’ve learned to apply. What am I applying?
  • I’m also called to be a student, in fellowship with other disciple-makers. I need to be prepared to learn from them. Am I allowing others to know me and to help me along this ‘narrow’ path?
  • Disciple-making involves both giving and receiving, it’s a team effort. Am I an active participant in the disciple-making process?

We are all striving to run the race well, and to finish strong. Some days I am able to help others learn and grow, I am making disciples. Some days, well, it’s just one of those days, and I need others to pick me up, encourage me, and teach me. On those days, I am the one in need of a loving and caring disciple-maker.

Many years ago, I ran a race on a team of about thirty runners. The finishing time was based on all the team members crossing the finish line – together. The stronger runners helped the weaker, the weaker runners gained energy and became stronger, the stronger runners stumbled while aiding others and became weak – it was a constant cycle of helping one another, of giving and receiving.

Some things in life are unattainable without the help of others. The abundant Christian life is one of those things. I find that having other disciples around me strengthens me for the journey, and without that fellowship, I fear I may have stumbled and fallen out of the race long ago.

Lord thank You for the faithful disciple-makers You’ve placed around me. May I learn from them as they learn from You, and thank You for the opportunity to pass on what I’ve learned to others who travel this path with me. Amen.

Paul

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