Discipleship, The Key to Christian Growth

Each week I have the privilege to sit down with a group of men in the chapel to discuss life and the gospel. During my time in settings like this, I’m reminded of the importance of discipleship. Though discipleship can take on many forms, however it always involves honesty, seeking advice, and Scripture, and someone willing to do all of the above. This time is essential in the growth of a Christian!

The Preacher in Ecclesiastes writes, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9–10). The Preacher here is writing about the benefit of working together. Two are also better than one as we live out our faith in Christ. We really need each other, though we often try to go at it alone. We really need reproof and instruction, though we seldom seek it out. This is why discipleship is so important.

Discipleship builds humility. Our temptation might be to think we know what is best for ourselves. But Proverbs says that a wise man will hear and learn, and will acquire wise counsel (Proverbs 1:5). So we can safely assume that an unwise man will not hear from others, will shut them down and will not listen, will lack understanding and will not acquire wise counsel. We need to resist the temptation to be wise in our own eyes (Proverbs 3:7). We must humble ourselves!

Discipleship also unites us with fellow believers. The body of Christ isn’t meant to simply exist for us to gather together on Sundays and then move along with our lives the rest of the week. God’s word paints a picture of believers doing life together (Acts 2:44–47). Seeking counsel and discipleship is one way to invite others into your life. And also discipleship equips us for faithfulness. We become faithful when we make ourselves available. In I Corinthians 11:1, Paul tells the church of Corinth to follow his example as he follows the example of Christ. Paul was in the process of raising up leaders in the church and through this discipleship process he wanted them his example. If we want those who we are in discipleship groups with to follow our example then we better walk in faithfulness. And for those who are struggling in this area can learn and be equipped by those who are faithful.

Discipleship needs to happen among Christians! I would never trade the times I have and have had with these men. I have learned so much and I pray they have received from me as well.

Time Alone With God

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Time alone with God is very important for the Christian. Every day we as Christians are faced with difficulties. Things in which we cannot approach by ourselves. Things in which will defeat us unless we are walking in the strength of our Father in heaven. Have we prepared ourselves? Have we spent time alone with God? Our excuses are often “But we don’t have enough time,” “I am just so busy” and “I will make time tomorrow” in which we know will never happen. Just our short “help me God” prayers are not what I am talking about. I am talking about withdrawing from our busy schedule and spending time by yourself with God. Time on your knees pleading for your family, your life, your neighbors and the unsaved in this world.

In Luke 5:16 it says that our Lord Jesus would withdraw to desolate places and pray. Why? What was the reason Jesus the Son of God needed to withdraw and pray? And by the way, wasn’t He also God himself? Jesus realized the importance of communication with the Father. You see the reason we so often stumble through our days is because we fail to communicate with our Father. The Father is our strength! We will never be able to bear the fruit that our Father desires if we forget the source of our strength. He never gives us more then we can handle but He desires for us to seek Him for our strength. He doesn’t want you to stumble through your day! He wants you to bear fruit, so all that you do and all the victories that you have may bring Him glory. Friends it is out of relationship, not routine life, that we are able to do the works of Him who sent us. Wouldn’t you rather spend alone time with God daily then to stumble through your day?

Complacency in Sharing Jesus

I recently came across a survey question that was asked of church goers in the United Stares. The question was asked in a statement asking them to agree/disagree. The statement was “I intentionally spend time building friendships with non-Christians for the purpose of sharing Christ with them?” I was deeply disappointed to discover that only 7 percent of respondents said they “strongly agreed” with the statement, and another 18 percent “agreed somewhat.” In fact I was so disappointed that I felt it was worth my time to write a post about it!

To think that only seven out of one hundred churchgoers can strongly affirm this statement is disturbing. No wonder most churches in America are declining or on a plateau. When looking at responses of other related questions in the survey I was even more shocked to find that when these same people were asked if they felt that it was their personal responsibility to share Christ with others 46 percent agreed strongly! A huge discrepancy is apparent. While 46 percent “agreed strongly” that it is their responsibility to share Christ, only 7 percent actually work on building bridges to do so.

We all may know it is true, but good intentions are not enough. Intellectual assent is not the same as actually putting feet to our intentions. As we sadly see in this survey, the intention to engage in gospel conversation with others that we daily encounter often fails. It points out the principle that there is no merit in good intentions unless they are acted on.

Another question asked to these same people was “How much do you agree/disagree: While interacting with others on a normal, daily basis, I seek opportunities to speak out about Jesus Christ?” The response to this question was only minimally better than the previous one: 10 percent said they “strongly agreed,” while 25 percent “agreed somewhat.” To state it another way, only ten out of one hundred regular churchgoers consistently seek opportunities to share Christ.

These answers to these questions were rather devastating and surprising discovery to me. I work daily in ministry and part of my vision, mission and goal for ministry is to disciple, equip and mobilize the church to make disciples among the incarcerated. The very goal of my ministry “disciples making disciples” is the very thing many Christians least desire to engage in, why? Why do so many struggle sharing Jesus with those they encounter? Why do so many have good intentions but fail to act on them? Perhaps we need to spend more time helping people understand the importance of relational evangelism. Maybe we need to share more success stories of one friend reaching another. Perhaps we need to allow more opportunities to share how God has used ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.

These questions led me to ask several Christians that I serve with what they thought could be the reason for these survey results. The following are several of their answers.

  1. The fear of being ridiculed, disapproved, rejected and persecuted by the world, especially those close to us. Also, to avoid harassments, to avoid debates that can end whatever relationship yours in, friend, work, social situations, networks, neighbors, etc.
  2. They don’t feel or think that they are qualified. Because their personal walk with the Lord is suffering, and they feel inadequate or hypocritical.
  3. Complacency, lack of compassion and passion, spiritual laziness. Also the fact that some Christians focus on what Jesus can do for them and not what they can do for Jesus. Discomfort, costs time and sacrifice, it’s not in the routine.
  4. Too many worry about “political correctness”. It’s not politically correct anymore to share your faith.
  5. Influenced by worldly culture. They have believed the lie that they are “pushing” their beliefs on someone. They think belief is a private matter instead of going out to make disciples. They would rather stay quiet then offend someone.

Friends, Christians must be taught, trained, and challenged to take the gospel to lost and unchurched people in their lives. Before Jesus sent out seventy followers to share the good news, He explained: “After this, the Lord appointed 70 others, and He sent them ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place where He Himself was about to go. He told them: ‘The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.'” (Luke 10:1-2) With so few Christians seeking opportunities, it is easy to conclude that we have lost our vision for the harvest God has prepared. We should be greatly encouraged that God always goes before us and is our witness. He is the One who changes the human mind and heart. Our part is simply to testify faithfully to the gospel’s truthfulness. Let’s make it our mission to encourage others to not let fear, complacency, worry and the culture around us keep us from fulfilling our Lords command, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.

*Surveys were taken from the book “The Shape Of Faith To Come” by, Brad J. Waggoner

Featured Book “Real Life Discipleship”

51XvzMM4mwLI don’t believe there is any book besides the Bible that has influenced me more on the topic of discipleship than “Real Life Discipleship” written by Jim Putman. The question on the back cover of this book grabbed my attention even before I had opened it up. The question, “Is your church making disciples…who make disciples…who make disciples?” spoke to what my own vision, mission and goal in ministry is. Once I opened the book up I wasn’t able to put it down as the author led me into his world of disciple making.

The book is divided up into three parts, 1) Setting the Stage for Discipleship, 2) Mastering the Discipleship Process, 3) Letting Disciples Emerge as Leaders and has a total of 15 chapters. The author writes of the beginning of his church Real Life Ministries which began when two couples met in one of their homes and began to pray that God would work in and through them to bring a disciple-making church to a sparsely populated area in Northern Idaho. This little group loved the Lord and longed for something more than the church experiences of the past. Today this church has grown to 8,500 strong and many in this church are not just sitting on church pews but are engaged in making disciples.

The author continues to challenge readers to embrace the discipleship process Jesus modeled in His plan to reach the world and that it is the job of every believer to make disciples. In John 17:3-4, Jesus made the claim that His work was finished even though He had not yet gone to the cross. As believers we know that Jesus’s primary purpose for coming to this earth was to pay for the sins of all who would accept His grace through faith. The cross is clearly central to Jesus’s mission, so why did Jesus say that he completed something before going to the cross. The author writes that he believes Jesus was referring to the training of His twelve disciples.

Too often Christians focus rightly on the gospel message of the cross but forget about the discipleship process Jesus revealed and modeled. If Jesus had not trained disciples who could in turn train others, the gospel message would have been lost. No one would have heard about it after the disciples were dead. The author writes about the 5 different stages of spiritual growth beginning with spiritually dead, spiritual infant, spiritual child, spiritual young adult and spiritual parent. He writes of the different characteristics of each stage, their typical beliefs, behaviors, attitudes and also what the spiritual needs are of each one of the stages. You can find a chart with this information on it in the appendix portion of his book.

This book has helped shape my view of discipleship and how I approach it daily. I have barely scraped the surface of this great book as the author writes about being intentional, relational, and strategic in making disciples. He challenges believers to share their faith with those around them and then disciple those who decide to follow Jesus. The reality for much of the church is that we lead people to the cross but then leave them to sort through the Christian life on their own.

Near the end of the book there is a chapter titled “Finding Leaders for Your Church.” The author encourages the church to look within for their leadership. Any where there is a body of believers gathered around God’s word and discipleship is happening, leaders are birthed. He urges the church to keep in mind that while some people may be born as natural leaders, they may not be spiritually mature. While people aren’t mature disciples, they cannot value making mature disciples because they don’t understand what one looks like. The author then closes out the chapter with a list of qualities that are found in strong and spiritually mature leaders.

You will find this book a very insightful and definitely worth your time spent reading it. Like I mentioned before this book has been very impactful in my life and I would highly recommend for you to read this book. You can purchase it by clicking on the books image.

A “God First” Servant 


As Creator, Sustainer and Source of all good, God deserves the first place in our lives. Our service to God should be based on the conviction that God always comes first: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” (Matt. 6:33). When we become believers, we acknowledge a transfer of ownership—a transfer of priorities—moving from self-centered to other-centered, where we place God at the top of the list. Submitting to God’s ownership, to the lordship of Christ, provides the “why” of service.

I recently read of a survey that was conducted among Christians and the question was asked, “How much do you agree/disagree: With reference to my values and priorities, I can honestly say that I try to put God first in my life?” In response, 36 percent indicated they “agreed strongly,” while another 35 percent said they “agreed somewhat.” While no genuine Christian is completely content with his or her level of obedience to Jesus Christ, we ought to be concerned that 29 percent of these professing Christians hesitate even to attempt putting God first in their lives. As people who work in ministry, we’ve all had concerns about those who come forward during a public invitation, prayed the “sinner’s prayer,” but then seem to display little evidence of the lordship of Christ in their lives. Repentance isn’t merely apologizing to God for our sins and then continuing to live as if we control our own lives. Paul says we’ve been transferred “into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:13-14). This and many other passages tell us that the gospel transforms the believer’s identity, ownership, and destiny, yet it appears many respondents either lack solid exposure to the essence of what it means to be a Christian, or they’ve chosen to ignore the truth that being a Christian means putting God first.
Knowing that Jesus’ life was perfect in regard to putting God first, we should look at the way He lived His life and imitate Him, attempting to walk in the manner that He walked. Jesus’ life was characterized by submission to the Father’s will, service to others, and prayer. It is interesting to note that Jesus never pursued worldly ambition in any way and never pursued the glory of this world. He had every gift, talent, and ability to make Him the most famous and wealthiest man who ever lived. But there was only one goal that He considered worthy of His talents—the glory of the Father. This should be an example to believers. The time, resources, energy, gifts, and knowledge of God that we’ve been given should be used not to gain influence, make money, or fuel pride, but instead to multiply glory for the Kingdom and to save the souls of the lost as we trust in God to protect us and provide for us. As an example to those who believe throughout the ages, Jesus sought first the Kingdom of God, and laid down His life for His friends. His life was a perfect picture of loving God with heart, soul, and strength, putting Him first. Christian we have no option in this life but to be a God first servants! I pray that the church, the Body of Christ will abandon its self serving way of life and make important what really matters to God which is a God First Servant!

Homosexuality a Mistaken Identity

“God gave [those who suppress the truth] over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.… Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” (Romans 1:24–27)

The recent SCOTUS ruling on marriage has been the cause for many to talk on the issue of homosexuality. Christians have many different views on how to approach this ruling and how this ruling will affect the church in the future. Since I serve daily inside a prison setting where homosexuality is rampant , I would like to share what I have learned from those that live in that lifestyle. I also want to encourage the Christian Church to engage those in the LGBT community.

First I want to start out by saying that no one is born a homosexual. We are all inclined to sin, some in one way and some in other ways, but this in no way means that a person’s disposition cannot be changed … entirely changed by God. He says in Ezekiel 36:26–27 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Homosexuality is really a case of mistaken identity. Most people that live in the homosexual relationship are often confused with who they are and what truth is. Truth for them is difficult to discern when their minds are clouded and controlled with their sinful desires. Many often seek to justify themselves by making the argument that they were born with these desires and therefore it is natural. We know from the Word of God that homosexuality is not physically natural but could be considered “natural” just as sin is natural for a sinner. Thus, unnatural behavior can actually feel natural to those with unnatural cravings. The Bible is not ambiguous on this point. It unequivocally states that sexual relations between members of the same sex are unnatural, shameless and a perversion of His creation.

Those involved in homosexuality feel deeply, yet most often live painfully. They seek to hide their woundedness; nevertheless, their hearts are not healed. Woundedness that is often formed during their childhood that by an emotional deficit which occurs when a child fails to receive the love needed to develop a healthy self-image (the way we feel about ourselves). The fact that these feelings of emotional deprivation begin in early childhood explains why many homosexuals think they were “born this way.” They desperately need to experience the Lord as their emotional healer, for as long as their hearts are not healed, they will continue to experience feeling alone and confused, feeling “weird” and different from others, abandoned by God and denied a normal lifestyle and feeling rejected by family and condemned by the church and society.

Apart from cultural morality, church doctrine or biblical teaching, homosexual behavior is related to the cause of health issues. In the United States alone, objective facts show that homosexuality is painfully negative. According to generally accepted estimates, approximately 2 to 4% of the population is homosexual, yet they account for 17% of gonorrhea cases, 85% of the syphilis cases in some regions, 42% of new HIV infections and 55% of AIDS cases. Only 5% of AIDS cases came through heterosexual contact. Another 22% were transmitted through injected drug use. People involved in homosexuality are also five times more likely to be infected with an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD) linked to cancer. Another not so surprising fact is that battering victimization occurs in 39% of all gay male couples: 22% of gay men are physically abused by a partner, and 5% are sexually abused by a partner. It has also been proven that people who participate in this lifestyle are also at a significantly higher risk for eating disorders, psychiatric disorders, anxiety, suicide, depression, anal cancer, substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes), premature death by 8 to 20 years, and death by prostate, testicular, or colon cancer. While statistics vary from year-to-year and represent only a snapshot in time, they reveal a timeless picture of the devastating impact of homosexuality. And though these statistics are painfully tragic, none of us should be surprised because God’s Word clearly communicates the negative impact of sexual sin on the physical body.

Deep in their hearts, most people know that any sexual deviation from God’s standard is wrong. Yet if you are that person experiencing the pain of sexual confusion, guilt and shame, you want relief! Taking on a new homosexual “identity” may bring them temporary relief if their sexual deviation becomes “who you are” instead of what you do. It gives them an out by allowing them to say, “I didn’t ask for it, but this is who I am.” But it camouflages truth with deception, and ultimately offers destruction. God in His goodness conveys truth and offers spiritual restoration. I encourage you Christian to engage those who are in the LGBT community, offer them the love of Jesus, stand on truth, and pray that they will fall in love with Jesus and in Him find their identity. There is no confusion in Christ and an identity in Christ will produce a behavior natural to that identity.

Purposeful Interruptions

“If you had slept in the same house or field with Jesus, awakened with him, eaten with him and helped him, what would you have observed? One thing we always think of is that Jesus gave himself almost entirely to what we would consider interruptions. Most of the teaching, healing and wonders we see in his life were responsive…seemingly unplanned. He trusted that what the Father allowed to cross his path was exactly that…from the Father. Jesus always seemed willing for things to get messy” ― Marcia Lebhar

This last month my usual schedule came to a halt when some unexpected things came up in my life. The usual weekly routine came second to the issues at hand and my focus was directed more toward the problem at hand! Sadly, I don’t always handle these interruptions in my life correctly. I often react with frustration, stress, and worry. “How much money will this cost?” “God I can’t handle this!” Often doubting the intent of these situations and why God allows them to happen.

Though these interruptions are unexpected and catch me off guard, they do not catch God off guard. They are not random, meaningless events. In fact, these interruptions are divinely placed in my path for a reason. God uses these interruptions to change me to be more like Christ. Stressing out and being irritated is only a waste of precious time. In these recent weeks I was reminded to stop and listen to God, rather than to doubt him. I was reminded that God is never far away, even though we feel all alone! It is in these times when we really do need him so often we find ourselves pulling away from Him! It is not that He has abandoned us, but that we walk away from Him. It is when we need His power the most that we unplug from the source that gives us that power. It is in these vulnerable times that the enemy’s tool of doubt enters into our minds and continues to question God!

It is these interruptions that often tell us the true intend of our heart! Are we more concerned about our schedule then what God is trying to teach us? Slow traffic, a sick child, or a costly home repair may not seem like important tools in our sanctification, but they are. We often overlook these interruptions and inconveniences and instead expect God to work in our lives through huge life-changing circumstances. But the reality is, we won’t often have major events in our life that cause us to trust God and obey him in some deeply profound way. Paul Tripp writes in his book (Whiter Than Snow) “that the character of a life is set in ten thousand little moments of everyday life. It’s the themes of struggles that emerge from those little moments that reveal what’s really going on in our hearts.”

In Philippians 1:20, Paul says “It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” At this very time Paul was facing many interruptions, he was wrongfully incarcerated and had been beaten and ridiculed for his faith. Yet through it all his expectation and hope was that Christ would be honored and glorified! That should be our hearts desire! When God interrupts your schedule or day with the unexpected, stop and listen to God, drop to your knees and pray that God would be honored through your crisis! Our lives are like a telescope, people are watching you! For many Christ is only a misty figure who lived centuries ago. In fact Jesus isn’t very big in their lives, others and other things are far more important! As Christians our bodies are to be a telescope that brings Jesus Christ close to people. It is when we are interrupted and go through hard times in our lives, that unbelievers should be able to see how big Jesus Christ really is. Our bodies should be the “lens” that makes a “little Christ” look very big, and a “distant Christ” come very close.

I have been challenged this month that interruptions as frustrating that they are are used by our Great Shepherd to push us to the cross of Christ where we must remember the gospel and receive his grace and forgiveness. We can not do life on our own and in our own time, God is in control! It’s hard to see all the little frustrating events and interruptions in our day as divinely placed opportunities to grow in grace, but they are. And seeing them as such helps us take our eyes off ourselves and put them on Christ, who cares more about our transformation than about our daily comfort. Instead of doubting the one who causes the interruptions we should glorify Him!

 

Is Our Prayer Desperate

We are living in desperate times, with the recent changes in our society such as the redefining of marriage and the break down of family! We have an enemy that is working overtime to destroy what God has created, this enemy is attacking the foundations of our spiritual heritage.

This world is filled with leaders in positions of responsibility who do not fear God, and have rather chose to follow what man decides is politically correct. This deceit is not just among our government but it has crept into our churches and our homes. Today we have pastors who believe that they should follow the laws that our Supreme Court decide on and neglect the written Word of God our Bible. It breaks my heart when I see a pastor or congregation make statements as “Our Bible is outdated” or “Does God really care about this, wasn’t the Bible written thousands of years ago.” My heart breaks even more when I see christian families crumbling under the pressure of this world, and marriages break up. We are not only in a fight for traditional marriage we are in a fight to preserve the traditional family that has been the foundation for our society for generations. It is the fight to give every child the opportunity to be raised in a home with a mom and dad, learning the invaluable life lessons that come from each. According to statistics the single greatest factor contributing to the exploding rate of deviant behavior in our country is that of children being raised in fatherless homes. Violent crime, substance abuse, unwed mothers, chronic depression, and an abundance of other social ills, including poverty, can be traced back to children having an absent or abusive father. Children who grow up apart from their biological fathers are disadvantaged across the board. They are twice as likely to drop out of school and as adults they end up having much higher rates of divorce. The great majority of our incarcerated criminals grew up either in a fatherless home or in a home where the father was abusive.

Friends we are in desperate times! We can not shrink back ! We must stand! We must go to God in desperate prayer! All throughout the Bible we see desperate people in desperate times, confronted by feelings of hopelessness. What do they do, they go to God in desperate prayer!Jesus spoke of desperate prayer in Luke 18 in the parable of the persistent widow. In Luke 18:1 it says,  “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart” (give up, or despair). Are we praying and not losing heart, or are we in despair of all that’s happening around you?  Are we praying with confidence, is our prayer desperate and persistent? Do we have confidence in our Sovereign Lord, or have we given up all hope and given in to the lie of the devil, our enemy?

Let’s stand up fellow Christians our hope is found in Jesus. It’s because of His work on the cross that we can approach God’s throne and know that He hears us. Hebrews 4:14-16 says, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 promises, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Fellow Christians we must humble ourselves before God and pray with an earnest desire to be heard and answered! Are we praying half-hearted, mumbly prayers? Or do we recognize the need, the helplessness, do we recognize our inability to meet this crushing need? We are in desperate times in need of desperate prayer are you willing to join me and stand up for God and His Word or will you crumble under the pressure as so many have done?

 

Pursuing Fulfillment Outside Of God (Idolatry)

Jeremiah 2:13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

This verse grips my heart as it addresses idolatry. The very thing we as Christians are so easily found to do and the one thing God hates the most. The pagan are guilty of but one sin – idolatry; the covenant-people (Christians) commit two – they abandon the true God; they serve idols. Abandon God, wait that may sound too harsh, but is it?

Let’s take a look at this verse a little closely. For my people have committed two evils,…. It is not that they hadn’t committed more sins, but these were two principal ones they were guilty of. They were the professing people of God who had committed these sins and may I say that many may have been unaware of their actions. Often as Christians we become so involved in our daily tasks that we begin to replacing our time with God with other things that seem more important.

they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters; Grace in Christ is compared to “water”, it being cooling and refreshing, cleansing and fructifying; and to living water, because it quickens dead sinners, revives drooping saints, supports and maintains spiritual life, and issues in eternal life. To forsake this fountain is the first of these evils; which is done when the people of God are remiss in the exercise of faith on Christ; grow cold in their affections to him, and neglect his word.

And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water; This is the other evil. When Christians look to the things of the world for their rest and satisfaction and depend and follow the inventions and ordinances of men rather then those of God. Forsaking the worship of God and following after idols, which have no divinity in them, and can yield no help and relief, or give any comfort, or afford any supply in time of distress and need. It is foolish to leave a fountain for a cistern, and especially a broken one: in a fountain the water is living, and always running, and ever springing up; not so in a cistern, and in a broken cistern there is none at all.

Why do we seek fulfillment in unplugging from the source of constant fulfillment?