“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
The key to living a transformed life is cultivating a renewal mind. The Christian who is too lazy mentally to drink deeply from God’s revealed Word or to think courageously about the meaning of personal faith will tend to be shaped by institutionalized values and faith will ten to think courageously about the meaning of personal acceptable modes of thought. The teacher may become socially the lazy person’s god.
The teacher must remain an instrument through whom God can work to challenge
learners to think, question and change. The Christian must find God’s will personally and individually. No teacher can find God’s will for us,, though a good spiritual adviser can be helpful in our finding God’s will. Spiritual transformation through learning is a continuing process, not a once for all accomplishment.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have sent us godly teachers to give u proper education and influence, that we might remain in Your will in all situations. When we go our own way, we often drift away from God and seek our own will, and not that of Gods. You have given us the Holy Spirit for guidance, to help us at all times, that we may remain within Your will. In honor of our relationship with You Abba, and Your Son Christ Jesus, we pray that we will always remember all that we have been taught for true understanding, by those in the clergy, and both family and friends. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Thoughtfulness is to friendship, as sunshine is to a garden.”
“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.” (2nd Thessalonians3:6)
First century Christians called themselves, “Followers of the Way”. This was not purely an abstract notion. A part of the Christian way was a code of conduct by which believers were expected to live.
This was not purely an abstract notion. A part of the Christian way was a code of conduct by which believers were expected to live. This moral tradition was taught to the new Christian generation. Today, as in early churches, one of he primary purposes of teaching is to help members of he household of faith live redeemed lives.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.’ (1st Corinthians15:3)
Like a flaming Olympic torch passed from one runner to another, the gospel tradition had been passed from faithful believers to Paul. Through careful instruction, he communicated that message to his children in the faith.
Each generation of Christians must raise up faithful teachers who will pass the torch to the next generation of believers. The faith is always one generation away from oblivion. The church depends on dedicated teachers for its continued existence.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1st Peter3:15)
Here, we see a pagan king showing unusual insight when he recognized that the foreign colony living in Samaria needed to live in accordance with the will of the God of Israel. The law of God provides a basis for a stable and durable social order.
Where love, justice, honesty, and reverence are woven into the very fabric of society through the teaching of God’s Word, the people will know how to live in right relationships wit God and with one another. On the other hand, widespread ignorance of the will of God provides a fertile seedbed for injustice, crime and social chaos.