Monday, July 03, 2017

"Seek, Do, Teach"

Ezra 7.10 NKJV

“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

Ezra the priest made a decision to seek, do, and teach “the Law of the Lord.” The man was determined. He would make the dangerous expedition from Babylon to Jerusalem. Nothing could deter Ezra... not the sad spiritual condition of his Judean audience nor the high personal cost of pursuing service to the Lord. Ezra made up his mind and “prepared his heart.” He was resolved to seek, do and teach the will of God.

Seek

Pick up your Bible and seek a connection with its Author. It’s not free. It takes a little effort, but the endeavor comes with a promise.

“I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.”
Proverbs 8.17 WEB

Do

Allow yourself to be affected by what you read. You will be required to do something. Bible study that fails to place a demand on your life is not what God intended by an interaction His living word. 

“Not that Christians don’t own and read their Bibles. And not that Christians don’t believe that their Bibles are the word of God. What is neglected is reading the Scriptures formatively, reading in order to live.” [1]

Teach

Religion is not a private affair. You live in the community of humanity. Demonstrate the reality of God’s word in you and so teach others what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence
and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and
honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5.16 AMP

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[1] Eat This Book ~ a conversation in the art of spiritual reading, Eugene H. Peterson, Wm. B, Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2006, p. xi.

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