Discipleship

Anthony De La Garza —  February 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

discipleship (1)John 6:45

It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

I have been thinking a lot about how some act in the Church today. This is funny, but this thought actually came to me when I went to traffic court for a speeding ticket. I was amazed at how respectful everyone was acting. I also noted, there were so many rules: no talking, no chewing gum, no shorts, no hats (and I am sure there were more, but I just can’t remember). You can be sure if you broke one of the rules the Bailiff (court’s cop) would give you a “how our law system had originated from the Bible and Roman laws. I also learned that our court rules are based on the same church rules that were established before our Constitution was even put together.

I am not trying to say that churches need to go back to the original way of thinking or establishing such rules as in our historic past. I think some change is good, godly change, but it is interesting that change could take place in the church but GOD’s character never changes! The Bible says he is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is Holy and want us to be holy (Leviticus 11:45).

For my personal development, I have been on a reading program to read the Bible in one year (http://www.biblestudytools.com/ ). Right now I am reading Leviticus. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t really see why I needed to read about the law when I am under Jesus’ law. Come on! Even St. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’”(Galatians 2:20-21)

I struggled within myself for I didn’t know why I needed to know the proper way to sacrifice an animal to the LORD. I mean what was the point in that? That’s when Christ spoke to me through my prayer and showed me the answer in my reading of the Bible. In the the New Testament Jesus said,”Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)

Okay, So Jesus’ sacrifice didn’t stop or destroy what GOD had planned, but it actually fulfilled it. I am not reading Leviticus to learn the right way to sacrifice an animal (thank God!); I am reading it to learn the character and plan of GOD. Jesus’ sacrifice and death on the cross completed GOD’s plan, for Jesus was the lamb GOD sacrificed for our sins.

Now I understand why some in the Church are more sensitive to today’s audience or the seekers after Christ (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). I now understand that we, as Christians, should demonstrate GOD’S love to them through good works (James 2:17). I know we are saved by GOD’s Grace (John 3:16) but, as Christians it is our obligation to demonstrate the Love of GOD (Matthew 25:35-36).

However, we also need to teach of GOD’S character. Moses told Aaron in Leviticus 10:3, “This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: ‘Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’ Aaron remained silent.” It is our duty as believers to not just teach the new believers the grace of GOD (although, grace is very important to our salvation), to help the new believers become mature men or women of God, we need to help them come to know the True Character of GOD. You might ask, “How can one learn of GOD’S character?” I have found that reading GOD’s Word (Bible) and asking HIM to help me to understand what it means while having a mature Christian friend to have Bible discussion (or what I call godly debate, lol), helps me a long way. Attending church and small-group bible studies also help in our godly growth.

Anthony De La Garza

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