Sharing God’s Work through His Word | 03
Written By Ben Laur
The discipline of study is not meant to stop with our internal awareness but should overflow in generosity for what God has revealed to you. As we tell others about what God has taught us, how He has changed our understanding, or how He has changed us, we present others with a precious gift: the opportunity to experience that same transformation by God.
Look back through the Tuesday article, Hearing God’s Word Through Others
- Take five minutes to reflect upon the fact that Jesus died on a cross. .
- Think of one specific person you know who is not a believer.
– Write down their name.
– Think about how you could bring up Jesus in conversation this week.
- Approach this from a posture of abundance and generosity, not a posture of neediness. Set modest expectations for this. Don’t worry about having a long or deep conversation or getting them to make a decision for Jesus (though that would be amazing!). Simply say something about Jesus and what He has done—through His word, through His death, or in your life.
- Pray for this person, and name a time and place where you will have the opportunity to speak about this.
Week 3 of 4 Study
Since the first human being was called to work and keep God’s creation, we have created tools to empower fruitful work. The same is true in our spiritual pursuit of prayer. The Psalms have been the refined tools of prayer for God’s people for millennia.
Though some practices of prayer are lacking or misunderstood in certain circles, we want to lean into them for our focus on the discipline of prayer. One such practice is imaginative prayer. Ignatius of Loyala (1491-1556) called this contemplation. Ignatius was convinced that God can speak to us by the power of the Spirit as surely through our imaginative efforts in Scripture as through our thoughts and memories of Scripture.
The disciplines are practices that the Spirit of God often uses to do His work of shaping us to be more like Jesus. In light of the sharpening article from Tuesday, practice the discipline of prayer in this way today.