Key Scripture: Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
It started in the garden as the serpent questioned the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” It continues today as Satan attacks the church through the Word. The devil tries to deceive us with a change, a distortion of a definition or meaning. An attack on the Word of God was the beginning of the fall of mankind.
We see this distortion of terms and expectations in the spiritual disciplines.
- Bible study has been changed to Bible reading. Psalm 119 declares the following concerning the Word of God: Having my eyesfixed
(v. 6); with whole heart I seek you (v. 10); stored up your word in my heart (v. 11); meditate on your precepts (v. 15); not forget (v. 16); consumed with longing for your rules (v. 20); and more! This represents intentional, focused study of the Word—not a cursory reading.
- Prayer has been described as talking to your best friend. Real prayer is talking to God, remembering He is Sovereign. God knows your inner thoughts. Your best friend cannot know this. God sent His Son Jesus to die for you (John 15:13). The love of your best friend is nothing compared to the love of God for you.
- Evangelism has been distorted from a witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to living a good life or helping others in need. “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’” (Mark 16:15). Paying rent for a neighbor in need is not evangelism.
If we aren’t careful, we will fall into this same trap of distortion. We, too, will be deceived.
As a disciple, we must be careful that our expectations and terms of discipleship are biblical. We look to Jesus as our model. Jesus obeyed the will of the Father, even unto death on a cross (Philippians 2:8).
Questions to Consider:
Is my definition of discipleship biblical?
Father, help me be a disciple who makes disciples of Christ.