Monday, March 16, 2015

Recovery in the Bible (RIB)

Discipleship Takes Discipline

This picture suggests a discipline that is good for us. It also suggests that, in order to be a follower of Christ, daily discipline is also best. I notice that the word “discipline” is partially contained in the word “disciple.”

Our call from Christ is to be His disciples and to, therefore, to Go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). He does not call us to go an make converts -- that’s His job. Instead, through our discipline of Direct Connect with Him, we ourselves become His true disciples. Then and only then can we come alongside someone who needs encouragement and accountability” to become a disciple of Christ.

Christ has not saved us into life among a throng of fans, but into Fullness of Life (1) with Him and (2) among His followers. To me, this means putting First Things First, meeting with the LORD and His WORD Writ at the start of each new day. I read to obtain Basic Information Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE). To me, it’s like breakfast food: the Food of Faith, replenishing and nourishing -- indeed life-changing. It is the Bread of Life and the Living Water.

·      It’s the First Commandment, putting God first and foremost, coming under His Shepherding through a daily discipline that I call Direct Connect. that is our VERTICAL connection to the Throne Room of Heaven through the Holy Spirit.

·      The Second is like unto it: everyone and everything I encounter.This is our HORIZONTAL connection,as we carry forth the Light of Christ. 

It’s the sign of the Cross: first the vertical, then the horizontal; it is Galatians 2:20 plus Romans 12:1-2 plus Proverbs 3:5-6. In recovery terms, it is the discipline of Step Eleven: seeking His will for me and His power to carry it out.

This photograph appeared yesterday on Facebook.

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