Daily Easter Devotion Thursday, April 24

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Psalm 47; Exodus 13:3-10; 1 Corinthians 15:41-50 and Matthew 28:16-20

A couple of times in our readings today God’s word encourages us to teach others.

Exodus 13:3-10 – 3Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the LORD brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten. …. 8You shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the LORD may be on your lips; for with a strong hand the LORD brought you out of Egypt.

In Exodus we are to teach our children, our family what God has done and commanded so they can know and follow God’s ways.

Then in Matthew we hear;

Matthew 28:16-20 – 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

In Matthew we are to go out and make disciples or participate with God in making disciples and teach them what God has done and God’s commands.

In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) I’m known as a “Teaching Elder”. A major function of my role as pastor at Community Presbyterian Church is to teach others. Something I ask myself is what am I to teach?

God’s love. Yes. God’s commands. Yes. God’s ways. Yes. The Holy Scriptures and how to study them and listen to them. Yes.

As well as what I’m called to teach I believe all followers of Christ are called to teach others. To teach, we have to know. So, we have to be good students of God to be effective teachers of God’s love and God’s ways.

What do you desire to learn more about concerning God, God’s mighty acts, God’s grace, the Holy Scriptures. I’d like to know. Your answers will help inform Sunday morning Sunday school as well as small group gatherings.

Who do you hear God calling you to share His Good News and then to teach?

O Lord, thank you for all who have helped teach me Your story, Your love and Your ways; Sunday school teachers, pastors, professors, colleagues, authors. Each has had an impact on my knowing Your love, grace and peace. Help me teach others through my life and ministry. Amen.

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