Numbers 28-30, Psalm 49
Many Christians keep their Christianity to themselves. A small minority are willing to share their faith. Usually, this encounter is once and done. The hope is that this sharing will ignite someone else to start on the path of faith. This can be a difficult journey to do solo. Getting plugged into a church certainly helps. But Jesus didn’t tell us to stop here. In the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus did not command us to make believers of all nations, but disciples (28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”.). This isn’t a request to His disciples but a commission. One of the key components of The One Year Bible Challenge is the concept of discipling one another.
We see in the smooth transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua in Numbers 27:15-23, why this is so important. Notice that when God reiterated that Moses would not enter the Promised Land there was no griping or complaining. Instead, this beautiful shepherd of God immediately requested God to appoint a successor. Joshua seemed to be the obvious choice, but Moses took nothing upon himself, he humbly asked God in Numbers 27:15-17, “Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: ‘Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them back in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.'” Notice the faithfulness of Joshua. For 40 years, he was number 2. He never complained, unlike Aaron, Miriam, the Levites, and practically everyone else in the camp. Throughout these years both Moses and Joshua faithfully allowed the discipling process to continue.
We, in the body of Christ, need this as much today as they did then. Every mature believer needs to be pouring out what God has given them throughout the years into a new, more immature believer. The mature believer needs it as much as the new believer, The mature believer who does not disciple remains in a state of spiritual infancy, Hebrews 5:12, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food”. For the new believer, when Phillip ran next to the chariot carrying the Ethiopian official, he asked him (Acts 8:30-31), …”Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” What a blessing it is to form this type of relationship. We are only 1 1/2 months into our one year study, it is not too late to start now. For all of you who are mature in the faith, like Moses, who is or who will be your Joshua. For all of you who are new, like Joshua, who will you ask to be your Moses.
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