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Watch What God Does

Watch What God Does

05 December 2010

Today’s Reading: Psalm 119:1-80; Ephesians 5-6

Scripture:

1 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. 2 Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG)

The most effective (not most efficient) method of teaching and learning is discipleship or apprenticeship.

I remember attending a church staff training session on how to use email and Microsoft Office Calendar. The presenter told us that the primary result we were trying to achieve was efficiency. When I heard that statement, an alarm bell rang inside me! In matters of the heart and soul, efficiency, while important in some ways, is not the primary factor.

A key element of the discipleship or apprenticeship method of teaching and learning is the “Be With” factor. The teacher chooses disciples to “Be With” him or her and then lives life, installs plumbing, builds cabinets, or does ministry and the disciples watch and imitate and then practice what they see. And don’t forget that I said it’s an effective method, not an efficient method.

Mostly what God does is love you. So if you apprentice yourself to him and watch him you’ll see love – risk-taking, extravagant, self-sacrificing, other-focused love.

Love like that!

Prayer:

Father, I see two lessons for me in these two verses today: 1) You reminded me of the importance of apprenticeship – the most effective and least efficient method of teaching and learning. 2) You reminded me that I’m learning to love, not learning to be successful or do ministry efficiently. Please help me to make a step forward in each of those areas today. Amen.

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