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Demonstrate

In Romans 5:8, we find a profound truth that lies at the heart of our faith: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This verse encapsulates the very essence of salvation. It’s not just a message spoken to us; it’s a message demonstrated to us. The power of this demonstration lies in its ability to transform our understanding into wisdom.

Challenge Question 1:
 

Who or what is discipling you and your children? Consider the daily influences of music, media, peers, education systems, politics, or even churches. What values, beliefs, and behaviors are you picking up from these influences?

Challenge Question 2: 

Think of a time when you traveled to another country. How did you naturally begin to pick up the language, dress, cultural practices, and more? Now, reflect on how you immerse yourself in your Christian faith. Are you actively and intentionally immersing yourself in the culture of Christ?

Challenge Question 3:

Consider the concept of apprenticeship and how it involves being submerged into a master’s life and culture. Are you willing to open your life, like the disciples did, to help others experience and learn from your way of life and faith?

Conclusion

The word “demonstrate” in Romans 5:8 holds a profound meaning. In the Greek, it means “to place together, to set in the same place, to bring or band together.” Here, we see that God’s love and His action were inseparable. There was no disconnect between His love and His action. His love was beautifully aligned with His sacrificial act through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

For many of us, including myself, the struggle lay in having head knowledge of the Scriptures without understanding how this knowledge was relevant or applicable to our daily lives. Even when relevance was recognized, the challenge remained in translating knowledge into action.

Moving from knowledge to wisdom is a journey worth undertaking. Romans 5:8 teaches us about the heart of God, revealing that He loves by demonstrating sacrificially, even to those who are unworthy. In turn, we, created in His image, are called to emulate this sacrificial love, even to those who don’t deserve it.

But let’s not stop there. Let’s dig deeper and allow this verse to challenge us further. What does it truly mean to demonstrate sacrificial love practically in our everyday lives? What does it look like for a stay-at-home mom, a professional in the workplace, or a student at school? Let’s take a moment to consider these questions, to think deeply about what God’s demonstration of love looks like in our daily interactions.

This is where the importance of relationships comes into play. It’s hard to grasp what demonstrating sacrificial love looks like if we’ve never seen it lived out in someone else’s life. We need real, living examples to learn from. Thus, it’s not just about acquiring information; it’s about engaging in relationships that allow us to see, learn, and apply what we’ve learned. This is the path that leads us from understanding to walking in that understanding, which is wisdom.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your boundless love, demonstrated through the sacrificial act of your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us move from mere knowledge to wisdom as we seek to live out your love in our daily lives. Show us what it means to demonstrate sacrificial love in practical ways, and may our relationships be a source of learning and growth. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

To learn more on this topic:

Read: Come & See: The Jesus Approach to Equipping Biblical Disciples:  https://www.lisa-schwarz.com/discipleship-book/

Watch this YouTube Series: Discipleship 101: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaMLikcR9YvYwQWgN2IMGDg7qOHmAfs_l&si=1sMBW9Fyxjh4KPqz

Listen to Teach & Talk with Lisa Schwarz podcast series on discipleship | First Episode: https://shows.acast.com/61e5bf1a23c40d0013e8de0c/6284811ce9d82000147a8701