Learners of Jesus

 

This past Sunday morning, Aaron asked the question, “What is a disciple?” We talked about how a disciple is (spoiler alert) a learner, or a student. As Christ-followers, we are learners (students) of Jesus.

Now I don't know if Aaron intentionally scheduled this message to line up with the Back to School season, but it was a helpful reminder that – no matter how “senior” we are - we are all still learning.

Schools now are realizing that different people learn in different ways, and I have to agree. For instance, I like to learn something in private; I practice it a million times until I've perfected it, and then present it to the public as if it were a natural gifting God has blessed me with.

Which makes learning in community kind of a kick-in-the-teeth for me.

Because the process of learning can be incredibly humbling.

As someone who started attending church in diapers I feel like there isn't much I shouldn't already know.

I've recited all the memory verses, I've sung all the Bible songs, what's left to learn??

(As I write this, Job 38 comes to mind and at any moment I'm sure I will hear God's booming voice putting me in my place)

Of course, the short answer is, there is loads left to learn! God's Word is alive and will continue to speak to us as we grow in Him. And God makes Himself known in many other ways.

One of them being you.

Yup. 

You.

Take a look in the mirror, and know that God is working in you, and He wants to make Himself known through you.

We all have stories of God at work in our lives; times He has given us strength in moments of weakness, patience in periods of uncertainty, and comfort in the midst of deep sorrow. When we come out of these times, and share our experience, we are proclaiming God, we are making Him known!

Praise God that we don’t get through each day on our own strength, but on His!

This week I was reminded of Psalm 9, where David exclaims, “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” 

As a church – as a body of believers – let’s make Christ known through His saving work in our lives.       

“Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.” – Psalm 111:1-3

Jolene Sanders, Director of Worship

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