Monday, October 7
Study, practice, teach
Scripture: Ezra 7-8, Luke 20
Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.
I’ve always loved this summary of Ezra’s purpose: he set his heart to study, practice and teach God’s laws. Ezra loved God and wanted His people to know the Lord, and this is what he did: study, practice and teach God’s word. It’s a great model for every Christian.
Notice the order: study, practice and teach.
Study: know God’s word. Read it, study it, learn it, know it! You can’t do it if you don’t know it—so first, study.
Practice: do God’s word. Knowing it won’t benefit you unless you do it. Noel always told me it was better to know one verse and do it than to know them all but not do it. Knowledge alone won’t make you a disciple—doing will.
Teach: teach God’s word. Teach others what you know—what you know by study and practice. Your teaching will be far more powerful and effective if it comes not only from study but from practice, from the experience of your life. If you’re not willing to do it, you shouldn’t teach it. You don’t have to be perfect, but if you’re not willing to do, don’t teach.
Which raises the question: is there anything I am teaching that I’m not doing? Where do I need to step up my game?
Prayer: Lord, help me to be a good student of the Word (2 Timothy 2:15) who is a doer of the Word (James 1:22) before I teach others.