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Every day you hear dozens of voices and are put in the position of choosing which ones to listen to and which ones to ignore. You may choose to listen to one cable news network and not another. You may choose to listen to one sports radio program but not another. You may choose to listen to one podcast but not another.
Whatever your choice may be, you are essentially choosing to be a student (or a disciple) of one person and not another. You’re learning from one news anchor’s perspective and not another. You’re learning from one sports radio host’s perspective and not another. And on and on it goes…
There’s nothing inherently wrong or sinful about this. In fact, it’s good to have a fuller understanding of what’s happening in the world, or it may be enjoyable to learn which teams or players are currently on a hot streak.
But these voices do have the potential to drown out or overwhelm other more important voices. If you truly are called to make disciples, the best step to take is to be a disciple of Jesus. Today, let His voice be the one you think about most.
READING & JOURNALING:
In a previous devotional, there was a quote provided from Peter Scazzero. “An emotionally healthy disciple slows down to be with Jesus, goes beneath the surface of their life to be deeply transformed by Jesus, and offers their life as a gift to the world for Jesus.”
How will you slow down to be with Jesus today? This week? This month? Be specific, and consider asking a trusted friend to help you as you adjust your daily rhythms.
Heavenly Father, I confess there are days when I don’t really see myself as a disciple. But as somebody who has chosen to trust in You, I recognize that it is You I am to follow, and Your voice I should be what I’m most listening to and meditating upon. Today, help me to see any path I may be following which is not directly from You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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