Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 2 Timothy 2:3-7 (NIV)
Those are two very important words. What are two very important words? I want you to “reflect on” all that I am saying to you. I don’t want my word to go in one of your ears and out the other. I want you to take my word deep into your heart and mind and life. I want my word to dwell in you richly. I want my word to abide in you. I want you to abide in my word. I want my word to change your heart. I want my word to transform your mind. I want my word to guide your life. My word will mold and shape you. My word will guard and guide you. My word will teach and train you. My word will make able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. My word will do all these things in, for, and through you, only if you reflect on my word and then do what it says. You must hear, follow, and obey my word if you want to live as one of my followers. So, I will say it again, “reflect on”, are two very important words. Have I made myself clear? Yes, you have made yourself very clear. That’s good.
So, how will you “reflect on” my word? I will start by setting a daily time and place to meet with you in your word. I will listen intently, careful consider, and reflect deeply, on your word. I will hear and obey you, that is for sure. In my hearing and obeying your word I will be like a good soldier being trained in your service. I won’t let myself be caught in civilian pursuits. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I will be like a finely tuned athlete wanting to be trained and prepared, by your word, to compete well and finish strong so that I will win the prize. I will be like a hardworking farmer patiently waiting for a crop of fruit to be born in and through my life as I allow your word to do its work. I can see that you truly have heard from me. You will reflect on my word. You will put my word into practice. Yes, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I will not let your word go in one ear and out the other. I will listen intently, carefully consider, and reflect deeply on all that you have to say to me. I will take your words deep into my heart and mind and life so I can hear, follow, and obey you. Amen
Key Question… How are you listening intently and carefully considering all that the Lord wants to teach you?
Living It Out… Listen deeply, carefully consider, and reflect on all the Lord wants to teach you so you can hear, follow, and obey Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will be able to be a faithful and fruitful follower of Christ as you hear and obey Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are hearing and obeying all the Lord wants to teach you.
Prayer To Bless Others… Heavenly Father, what do you want me to hear and obey as I reflect on your word?
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