A Radical Concept for Discipleship: Read the Word

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Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 3, Romans 3, Jeremiah 41, and Psalm 17

This is amazing. . . absolutely amazing.

Consider the fascinating implication of 1 Samuel 3:21 – “And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”

The Lord revealed Himself. . .

The Lord appeared. . .

BY THE WORD OF THE LORD.

Our God has chosen to make Himself known to us – to appear, to be revealed – by His Word.

Now consider Psalm 17:15 – “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”

1 Samuel 3:21 says we behold God from His Word.

Psalm 17:15 seems to allude to the fact that we become like Him as we behold His face.

Put these two things together: As we behold God in His Word (1 Samuel 3:21), we become like Him (Psalm 17:15).

That seems to me like a pretty good plan for discipleship. Isn’t the point to become more like Jesus?

Now consider this incredible verse from 2 Corinthians 3:18 – “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

This is crazy.

If I am understanding this correctly, we become more like Jesus as we behold His glory (2 Cor. 3:18). We behold His glory as we “see” Him in His Word (1 Sam. 3:21). In His likeness, we are satisfied (Psalm 17:15).

If this is true – and it has to be – then one of THE most important things we can do as followers of Jesus is give ourselves fully to the reading and understanding and pursuit of beholding the glory of the Lord from His Word. The more of Him we behold, the more satisfied we become AND more like the Person He created us to be.

Wanna be satisfied? Rush to the Scriptures seeking His glory.

Wanna be like Jesus? Ditto.

This is amazing. . . absolutely amazing.

 

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2 thoughts on “A Radical Concept for Discipleship: Read the Word

  1. Brad Weinischke says:

    He loves us so much that he gives us so many ways to behold him, be fulfilled by him, and find peace. Seems like we have ample reason to make time for him? Great message. Humbling truth.

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