September 3rd, 2019
Yesterday, we talked about the necessity of us doing our best to emulate Jesus. Let’s carry that into application.
I’ve always been big on discipleship in a Jesus kind of way. In other words, some would define discipleship as nothing more than doctrinal training. While understanding what the Bible teaches us and how that is to be applied to our lives is an important part of Christian living, it isn’t true discipleship, at least not discipleship the ‘Jesus way’.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus delivers the Great Commission to His disciples, He goes a great deal farther than the teaching of doctrinal truth. Jesus was talking about us totally focusing on Him, to study Him, and to be transformed into the image of Jesus.
To accomplish any form of this we must be completely surrendered and utterly committed to the Spirit, the tasks that besets us, prayer, and study of God’s Word. Without this commitment our results are going to be less that we would care to realize.
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NLT)
God has been serious about His people being engaged in His Word since before the beginning of time; which if you didn’t realize it, was only about 6,000 years ago. (I totally disagree with the ‘Old Earth’ explanation of creation!)
This reference in Deuteronomy demonstrates the extreme measure suggested to commit the content of the scripture to our hearts. Not just knowing the words of the Word but living the Living Word of God.
If we want to be the disciples that Jesus calls us to be, we have to become fanatical about immersion in His Word.
The practice noted in Deuteronomy 11:18-21, was at one time practiced by Jewish faithful, today not so much, but the concept helps us understand just how important His Word is to Our God!
We are to be committed to the Word!
The Word can become our most powerful weapon against the enemy and our greatest defense.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
Commitment to the scripture is leveraging our best asset in getting instruction from God. God’s Word is exactly that, the Words of God, and “God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
This includes dissemination of the critical understanding to be those ‘Jesus way’ Disciples.
Coupled with this is our willingness to be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives and his insight into understanding God’s Word. This isn’t something we can just gain a head knowledge of and be done. God’s Word demands a heart knowledge.
Another translation of Deuteronomy 11:18, reads…
“Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads.” (CSB)
Head knowledge isn’t enough. We can know the Word intellectually, but we must experience the Word spiritually.
This is essential in our attempt to pattern our lives after Jesus. Because He IS The Word.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:1-5 (NLT)
This is why having a heart knowledge of the Word is essential, because having that heart knowledge means that we have a heart knowledge of Jesus Himself.
We long for those things which are durable and can last but nothing in this world lasts as does God’s Word.
Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
Matthew 24:35 (NLT)
Our commitment to the Word means we have a constant guide through life’s challenges. The world seeks answers but doesn’t realize that God has given His Word to guide us. To them the scripture is just an ancient book that has no relevance in today’s world.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Psalms 119:105 (NLT)
Are we committed to see that change in us? Are we truly committed to Jesus; to be His Disciples? If we are, then we must be “Committed” to His Word as well!
In His Grace!