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Teaching them and showing them

June 27, 2007

A few weeks ago I blogged about the great commission and how we often neglect that second half of it that tells us to teach others. ( I asked questions about the role of the church in our lives, and our hypocrisy as Christians. This weekend I found another verse that challenges us to teach others about God’s ways and living by them. 

Matthew 28:19-20  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Exodus 18:17 – 23 “Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”

What is role in sharing with others? Do we have a responsibility to teach, train, guide, inform, direct, and even hold others accountable? Who is in your life that you could be teaching, mentoring, and walking together with? Do you know God’s heart and desires enough to teach them to others? If not, how can you change that?

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