We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV)
Are you just plodding along or are you in training? Are you making progress or are you in a rut? Are you moving forward with me or are you lagging far behind me? Have you grown in knowing and doing my will? Are you now able to teach others or are you still needing to be taught the very basics of living your life with and for me. Those are difficult and thought provoking questions. These questions are worthy of your full consideration. I want you to think deeply about each one of them. That, I will do.
What would being in training with you look like? If I wanted to sign up to be in training what would I need to do? Now, you are asking good questions that I will let you answer. If I want to be in training with you I must meet with you. How often? If I want to seriously train with you I must meet with you every day. So, will you set a specific time and a place to meet with me? Is that critically important? You tell me. How has your daily meeting with me, in my word, gone when you have not established a specific time and a place to meet with me? It has gone nowhere. When I have not established a regular time and place to meet with you, it usually doesn’t happen. Why is that? My busy days seem to crowd you out of my life. Days and weeks and sometimes even months have gone by without me meeting with you in your word when I haven’t established a consistent pattern and practice of our meeting together. That’s not good. No, it is not. How much have you grown in your life of faith during these interludes when we have not met together in my word? Not much, maybe not at all. Is that alright with you? No, it is not. I want to grow strong in my faith as I live my life with and for you. That’s good.
Do you want to sign up to be in training with me right now? Is there any reason to delay? Yes, I want to sign up to be in training with your right now. No, there is no reason for any delay. I will pick a time and a place to meet with you daily in your word. I will begin to feast on your word so that you can feed and sustain my life. I will allow you to mold and shape my life with your word. Guard and guide my life with your word. Make me able to teach others how they can live their lives with and for you. Yes, I will.
Lord, I will feed on the solid food of your word. Feed and sustain my life with your word. Use your word to help me to know and do your will. Change my heart and transform my mind with your word. Use your word to strengthen me to do all you ask of me. Amen
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