Foundation of Discipleship 6 of 9


Study

There are 9 parts to the foundation. Love, Faith, God’s Word, Prayer, Worship, Trust, Study, Action, and at the center is Jesus. Without the center, anything you would build on it would collapse in on itself. There are 4 corner stones that make it possible to build on and 4 side stones helping complete the foundation. All of these you must have, in order to be a successful disciple. The foundation looks like this:

 

Love

Worship

Faith

Trust

Jesus

Action

Prayer

Study

God’s Word

 

We all know how to study. It’s a skill we learn in school. Those late night crams for the big test the next morning. Where we take all we should have learned though the year and try to have our brains soak it up in a few caffeine induced power session. But that’s not the kind of Study we are going to talk about. There is no test. If there was you could say it is one question. True or False, I believe that Jesus is my savior. No amount of conventional studying is going to give you that answer. The Studying that a disciple has to do, is seeking God.

Deuteronomy 4:29

But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

1 Chronicles 16:11

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The Studying you do for school is to try to gain knowledge, but the Studying you have to do here is to gain understanding. You might say that they are one in the same, but there not. You gain knowledge with understanding, but you don’t always gain understanding with knowledge. It’s the same concept as every square is a rectangle but not every rectangle is a square. You can memorize an equation for algebra, that is knowledge, but that doesn’t mean you understand how to use it. I bet you know the equation E=MC2 but how many people know what it means. God’s word is the same way. I have to say, and don’t take this the wrong way, but the Bible you hold in your hand is not the word of God…. I know, I know, but give me a minute to tell my reasoning. I do believe that God’s divine hand worked through the authors of the Bible. In that sense, he is the author, and I believe you should read it as much as you can. However, you can read it cover to cover and not get anything out of it, if you’re not seeking the truth, and if that is possible, then it can’t be the full divine word of God, because no one would be able to walk away from hearing God’s word unchanged. It’s the understanding where his words come to life. It’s like saying your history book in high school is actually history. It tells about history but it’s not actually history itself.

You can be the smartest person in the world, have the most knowledge, but if you don’t understand how to apply that knowledge, then it is useless. So if you’re reading the Bible, and you do not understand it, then you may not be seeking Gods word, you’re looking at it but not seeing it. The words on the page are just the door. When you go to a house, you can look at the door, but that doesn’t mean you are in the house. If you want to live in God’s word, you have to open that door and then go into it with understanding. Understanding is given by God through Prayer and Faith (two of the cornerstones). One way we seek understanding, is to ask God for it, and believe he will give it. We have to seek God’s word with Love and it’s given with Love (the other cornerstone). We won’t always understand everything. But he will start giving us the understanding we need to grow in Christ at that time. And it will change as we grow, and more understanding will come then.

The second reason you can’t just read the Bible to get God’s word, is that God speaks to us in everything we see, hear, and touch. He speaks to us in so many ways we can’t comprehend it. This is why we usually don’t hear him in those other ways. We learn, all too easily, to tune him out. But, when you see a stray cloud in a blue sky or a field of flowers and you are set back by its beauty. That is God talking. It’s in a hug from a child, a kiss from a pet, even in the loss of a loved one. He is speaking to us all the time and all we have to do is listen.

Studying is actively seeking the truth, which is God’s word. In everything we do, we need to be looking for God’s truth in it. This will change they way we look at things as we will soon start seeing people and things through God’s eyes.

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