WARNING: Training has a built-in timer. The more delays there are in training, the longer it takes to absorb and learn the material.
5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance–
Sundays are designed to train and be trained. As a minister for the past 36 years, I can vouch for the system. Some strategies work better than others, but they all are designed to give us the opportunity to train disciples and for disciples to get training. The more sporadic we are in our attendance, the longer it takes to absorb and learn the material. It’s the same for any topic. Training requires redundancy in order to build in second-nature reactions. Whether it’s carpentry, Excel, Karate, or a musical instrument, the longer between “practice” sessions, the longer we extend the training–and perform poorly.
On a typical Sunday morning, a person can expect these things:
- Smiling faces to greet him at the door or in the classroom;
- Information from the Bible about God and His interaction with humankind;
- Corporate worship where we speak the Word, sing the Word, pray the Word, and hear the Word proclaimed;
- To be asked to commit his life this week to His will and His way;
- To encourage and be encouraged by fellow believers.
My question is, “Who wouldn’t want this on a weekly basis? Why would we let anything (except emergencies) get in the way?”
Sunday evenings are yet another opportunity for us to train and be trained. In fact, training IS the topic. In order to grow, we must be F.A.T.
F = Faithful; are we really interested in growing as Christians?
A = Available; if so, then we will be available at the times that are scheduled for us to attend and train.
T = Trainable; a person must be willing to put himself under the tutelage of a mentor. Attitudes must be checked at the door.
One more thing: In order to know God, we need to learn His Word. Read it; study it; memorize it; quote it; teach it; share it; KNOW it. How do I know this? Because the WORD tells me so:
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29
Let’s quit messing around and start acting like Jesus followers. Let’s train and be trained in order to disciple the world! Let’s start with the “world” around us.
Abba, it’s time for us to quit serving ourselves. We as Your people have indulged ourselves too much and too long in the culture. We need to cut out the fat and start being F.A.T. When I stand before You each evening, I don’t want to have to make excuses for my lack of training, especially when it comes to Sundays. They used to be special days that were set aside for training. May they be that way again by the true people of God. Make it so, Lord, please, make it so. Amen.