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Read the Bible regularly to grow into a true disciple of Christ

The Making of a Disciple
The Starting Point – Part VII

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20

Key Verses: Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in 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.”

Yesterday’s devotional studied the Apostle Paul’s admonishment to the Corinthian believers to become mature Christ-followers (1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NLT).

Today, let’s focus on the last couple of verses:

I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? (1 Corinthians 3:2-3 NLT)

When reading these verses, it is easy to think about “those immature people that Paul had to deal with” rather than seeing ourselves in such a situation. All believers should do an honest evaluation of our own lives to make sure we are maturing in Christ.

Do our sinful natures still control us? Is there still jealousy in our minds and hearts? Do we still quarrel with the people in our lives? What else indicates that we are living “like people of the world”?

Why does God preserve the Scriptures for us? Why should we read the Bible consistently? The Bible itself speaks to these questions:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT)

When we read the Bible, remember it is God speaking! God gives us the Bible to teach us what is true and false. God intends the Scriptures to prepare and equip us for the good work He calls us to do. In other words, we must study the Bible if we are ever going to grow into true disciples of Christ.

I have entitled the first seven devotionals of this month “The Starting Point.” My goal is to describe the starting point of becoming a disciple and help us remember that God does not want us to be stuck there. So, let’s go and grow!

Father, help me to become a true disciple of Yours! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.