Weekly Message: Disciplined Faith

Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. Ezekiel 47:5

Embracing God’s call matures and positions us for leadership in the Church and in the culture of secular life. Disciplined faith is distinctive; discipleship marks in a distinctive way. We belong to that spiritual lineage. We are marked for that greatness.

Like Ezekiel’s river, we go deeper to gain more revelation and more of the Lord! Yesterday we began “ankle deep” until water came to our knees; then deeper, until the water was waist-deep. The marking we carry corresponds to those depths (of revelation knowledge) and ultimately, the water is too deep to cross or navigate on foot so we become one with the river.

Someone said true relationship with the Lord joins His will to mine; I become one with His will . . . I become the will of God! I agree with that saying. Like you, I passionately pursue His will for my life and simply put, in relationship with Him, I become!

In relationship with Him a disciple becomes one with the Lord; we mature in knowledge, check for progress, evaluate fruit produced, and reach beyond surface levels—for depth! The world around us (even in Christian circles) is going the other way—away from increasing relationship with, and revelation of, the Lord. There are converts everywhere but few disciples.

Adapted from Shirley Weaver’s Daily devotional