We desire to be changed and to follow God’s way of living. That transformation comes through being trained (discipled) in his ways. If you have ever played baseball, you had a coach who taught you how to hold a bat. When you stepped up to the plate, the coach would say, “Hold your bat like this,” or “Bend your head this way, and spread your legs in this stance.” The coach guided you in the nuance of the sport, training you in the right way to play and positioning your body in the correct stance. God’s Word trains us in right living. We aren’t just told what not to do but what we should do instead. We are trained in righteousness. Bible study goes beyond a quiet time fulfillment to make us feel good. It is to train us to be God’s people, to serve him faithfully. Training takes time, it can be uncomfortable, and there aren’t always immediate rewards.
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