I don’t want you to read your Bible

Posted: March 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

I want YOU to want to read your Bible. If you missed that, here it is again. I don’t want you to read your Bible. I want you to want to read your Bible. I don’t want you to pray. I want you to want to pray.

There’s a big difference
I have adult children in different states and if they called me only because I wanted them to, it would be out of obligation. However, if they called me because they wanted to, that’s love. Do you get that?

I work with at risk teens and I want them all to stay out of trouble, graduate, get a great job and live a life of purpose. But me wanting that for them is not enough. They have to want it for themselves or it won’t happen.

In my quest to fulfill Jesus’ command to make disciples, not just churchgoers, I know these disciples will need to be in the Word of God daily and communicating with God through prayer daily also. But they need to see the need for it also. They need to be disciplined in their daily life or they will never really be true disciples.

So how do I get people to want to read their Bibles and pray? It’s simple. I don’t. I simply connect them with the one who can.

For it God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
(Philippians 2:13)

That means God is at work in you, helping you want to obey him., and then helping you do what he wants. As a Christian you are no longer a slave to sin because God has changed your ‘want to’.

The closer you grow to God the more you will want to read His Word and pray to Him. The more you do these things, the closer you will grow to Him.

Change of Heart
I am seeking a change of heart in people. It is my hearts desire to create a people who love God, love others and do whatever they want.

I want to create people who pray because they want to. Who read the Bible when they feel like it and feel like it often. Who serve as much as they want to and want to quite a bit.

I want to create people who do all this not out of law or obligation, but out of their hearts desire.

This is how you will know you have created true Disciples. This is how you will know if you are a true Disciple of Christ.

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