As a young missionary mama with tiny children living in the jungle, there was a lot for me to learn. I had grown up with Aquanet, Maybelline and Leggs. All three of which were impractical in the Amazon.
When we began our ministry in the small village of Bulixu, I had no idea what it would truly be like to not have running water or electricity. Sleeping in a hammock and fishing for my dinner soon became something I got used to, but I NEVER got used to looking for snakes. I was always terrified of running into one and I didn’t have a good eye for spotting them.
One day one of the fields behind our church/house was being cleared so the bathroom paths had changed.
Yes, I said paths.
One of the young girls in the village took it upon herself to show me the path the women used. I put on my brave face and headed into the jungle with her. It wasn’t long before she hollered at me to stop and she said the word for snake, “Cobra”. She had been pointing out different bugs along the path like I could have pointed out where to find sugar or flour in Walmart. But when I heard “Cobra”, my heart stopped. She had already taught her brothers and sisters how to walk these paths, so she knew how to teach me. She didn’t want to just point it out, she wanted me to learn how to spot it. She pointed with her chin to some grass RIGHT in front of me and I stared at it. I couldn’t see a thing. I felt her hands on my shoulder as she leaned past me and stretched out her arm pointing towards the snake. Would you believe I STILL could not see the thing? Then finally with a lot of giggling, she got my head and eyes pointed in the right direction and there that green snake was, just a flicking his tongue at me.
It’s safe to say that I didn’t go any further down that path and had I been a cartoon character, cloud puffs would be all that remained behind me as I ran to safety.
I would have perished in that small piece of rainforest over the years had there not been anyone to teach me how to live, where to step, and what to look for on a daily basis. I am forever greatful for my teachers, young and old.
As I read Titus 2:11-15 I realized that God didn’t leave me out in the jungle of life here on this world without a teacher either!
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
The grace of God isn’t there just to save us, it also is there to teach us.
When we got saved by God’s grace we didn’t immediately go to Heaven and leave this present world. God knew we needed guidance in HOW to live for Him so we could grow in the knowledge of Him.
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:10
Grace instructs us down our path.
Just like that girl on the path that day in the jungle. Do you think I am upset with her for pointing out danger? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I am thankful! She didn’t just yell at me, she paused to take time to train me in what to look for on the path.
Grace becomes our instructor after salvation. It teaches me to stay away from the old sins and snares that could hinder my Christian walk.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
Christ our Saviour appeared unto us. He offered redemption. And once we placed our trust in Him, He instructs us that we are FREE and the only way to not become entangled in that old way of thinking is to reject it through His power.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
As long as I am keeping my eyes on Him, all I can see is that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and good report! While I look and dwell on His love for me and kindness to me when I didn’t deserve it, I want to follow Him and do what He says.
Sometimes we think we have to produce this ability to deny ungodliness through our flesh, but that is wrong. Trying in our flesh would be a WORK. If we will walk in the Spirit, His fruit will be manifested and we will act in HIS power.
See how that works? He trains us and is patient with us as we learn and grow.
Tomorrow I will further this study a little more because there are great truths to be had from these few verses that will aid us as we dwell in Him.
Be careful on your life’s path today. Listen for His voice guiding you in the Scriptures and then simply obey. Danger lies off in the weeds of bad thinking and sin. You and I need to stay spiritually healthy.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Genesis 32-33 / I Samuel 20 / Psalm 18 / Matthew 19