BAPTISM IS A COMMITMENT to practical mentoring. Jesus said, “Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” On the one hand, doing this “as we go” means that our teaching wil be rooted in the witness and example of our daily lives. On the other hand, the emphasis is on the word “obey” rather than “everything.” In other words, the real challenge is not merely helping new disciples to understand all the commands of Jesus, but helping them to put his teaching into practiced. The perennial challenge facing discipleship is not knowing what we should do; it is doing what we already know we should do. In other words, the challenge is obedience. Equally, discipleship training is not about slavish legalism to an impossible standarad of values and rules. It is about a way of life that is marked by joyful obedience, flowing from the heart of our new identity as children of God.
– Philip R. Meadows
Remembering Our Baptism
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Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:13, NRSV
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