Who are you discipling and who is discipling you? General Assembly and Conventions 2013 sessions were chock-full of powerful teachings from the likes of our global director for Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International, Dr. Woodie Stevens. Dr. Stevens presented us with this compelling question. For the sake of this back-to-school season, I would like to pose this question a little differently. Shall we say, Who are you teaching and who is teaching you?
For the last several weeks my devotion time has included the Book of Proverbs and I have found myself crying out to God for a teachable spirit and wisdom to teach. You see, Proverbs is bursting with words such as listen, learn, cry aloud for understanding, pay attention and gain understanding, lay hold of my words with all your heart! It is as though God himself were making an appeal to us to study to show ourselves approved II Tim. 2:15.
In a world where words such as tolerance and political correctness are brought to the forefront in almost all areas of our daily lives, it is easy to see why we would be careful about sharing our thoughts, opinions or beliefs. Yet what did Moses say to the Israelites following the presentation of the Ten Commandments and preparing them to take hold of the promised land?
Moses said, These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on your door frames of your houses and on your gates Duet. 6:6-9. Timothy 3:16-17 reads, All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Which brings me back to Proverbs that reads, rebuke a wise man and he will love you 9:8 and wounds from a friend can be trusted 27:6. And lastly, Guard my teaching as you do your eyesight. Prov. 7:2
Matthew 7:26 tells us that not only are we to hear His words, but we are to work them into our daily lives. We have so much to learn, so much to teach and so little time! If we want wisdom and understanding, we have to go after it; the only other alternative is to become a fool! What shall we say then? Lets go forward and make Christlike disciples in the nations, beginning right here at home; learning, teaching our children, our grandchildren, neighbors and ultimately, everyone who will listen!
Teach me your way, oh Lord, and lead me in a plain pathway. Psalms 27:11
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