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"Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth."                                - Deuteronomy 28:1-2

Everyone likes to be rewarded for a job well done. Yet, it is usually the reward itself that incites good behavior or hard work. And while the Christian life has blessings and rewards for obedience, the motivation to obey is not rooted in the reward, but in the relationship we have with God in Christ. However, as this verse reveals, there is a reward for obedience. The reward of yielding moment-by-moment to Christ, in and through you, is that it invites God's blessing into your life. These blessings are mainly spiritual, but as the rest of Deuteronomy 28 shows us, these blessings are also physical.

How have you experienced God's blessing as a result of obedience in the past?

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"The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."                        - 2 Timothy 2:2

God's command for believers is very clear. Matthew 28:20 says, "Go make disciples, teaching (or training) them to observe all that I have commanded you." All believers are on mission together to make disciples. Notice, it doesn't say "make converts." God's desire is not for people to simply believe in something and not grow in that something. Think of the last time you trained at something. It takes work! But without training, you won't learn what you need to know to eventually teach other trainees. The same is true in our relationship with other believers. Jesus followers should always have someone they are learning from and someone they are training. So who are we pouring into and training? Who are we entrusting the things of God to "who will be able to teach others also?" This is a huge challenge for parents! Are we training and entrusting our kids with Gospel truths that will equip them for their future? Discipleship is a journey, not a destination. There's always more to learn, and there's always someone eager to be taught and entrusted with these incredible Gospel truths!!

Who, if anyone, entrusted the Word of God to you, to equip you to make disciples? Are you currently pouring into someone else's life and training them?

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