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May 10 Devotion: Observing

Observing

Matthew 28:19-20 [19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

In most cases I’m sure we read these verses and immediately think of the great commission. I believe a lot of times we get focused on vs. 19. We always talk about “going.” Whether it’s passing out tracts, physically going to another country, talking to a neighbor, or any other way to share the Gospel. What about vs. 20? How often do we give thought to the teaching part? How can we teach something if we know nothing about it? Therefore, how much do we, “ observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”? How much time do we spend in God’s Word learning more about what He has commanded for us? Then, how often do we put these things into practice? When we think of observing we automatically think of what we can see with our eyes. I believe most all of us would have people we would say we have observed in our Christian walk. Not saying we lift these people above Christ, not saying they are perfect, but still people we will watch and model ourselves to an extent after. We will see how they may handle certain situations, watch how they treat others, and also watch just their overall demeanor. Do their bad days always show? Or do they instead emulate the love of Christ more often than not. Now think about the people that are observing you. You have lost people watching you. Watching to see if what you have is real. You have young Christians that will be watching your life to see how you may handle situations this life throws your way. Yes, we can talk about how we fail God daily and they instead should be focused on Christ. However, just as we’ve had people we looked to, so do those around us. So if we have people watching us, what are we teaching them? What is it that you give those around you to observe? You give them a better insight into the world or into His Word?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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