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Intentional Faith Development – Day 16

Jesus says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

A young woman pulls into the church parking lot just before the session begins. She’s running a little late. She slips into the room as the video begins. She and a friend had signed up for this, deciding to “just do it” after years of wanting to study the Bible. She didn’t know most of the people before they signed up for DISCIPLE Bible Study, but she has been amazed at how much she has learned from them as they’ve shared their thoughts about faith and God and Scripture and at how much she’s come to care for them.

Every day for the past week, she has spent time reading Scripture, sometimes lost in the archaic practices and customs and confused by the stories and characters. She wasn’t sure she had time for this kind of study, and sometimes even now she thinks she’s wasting her time. Then the leader talks about Moses’ call—the bush, the fear and humility, and the excuses given to avoid doing what God asks. Her stomach tightens as she hears people tell about times they’ve felt called by God. She looks at her own notes from her reading through the week and sees the questions she wrote: “How does God call people? Sometimes I feel called, but I’ve never heard voices or seen burning bushes. Am I being called?” She shares her questions with others and discovers that they wrestle with the same thoughts. That evening, after she drives home, she finds herself praying and asking, “What would you have me do, Lord?”

 

What is one learning experience in your faith life that has changed how you live in a significant way? How did you learn it? How have you shared it with others?

Adapted from Cultivating Fruitfulness, ©Abingdon Press 2008. Used by Permission.
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