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The 2nd Verb Of Discipleship

Isaiah 5:1-2
My beloved had a vineyard
on a rich and fertile hill.
He PROTECTED the land,
removed its stones,
and planted it with the best vines.
In the middle of the vineyard
he built a watchtower
and carved a winepress
in the nearby rocks.
Then he waited
for a harvest of sweet grapes.


What’s That Mean?

When you’re given something
of great value, you protect it.
If you were given a vineyard
on a rich and fertile hill,
you would have everything you need
to support yourself and your family
for the rest of your life.
And if someone tried to steal it
or destroy it, of course you would
protect it.  In this life
we will never possess
anything more valuable
than our relationship with Jesus.
Protecting that relationship
by establishing healthy boundaries
is the second step in becoming
a disciple of Jesus Christ.


an Act of Discipleship?

We establish healthy boundaries
in order to protect ourselves
from falling back into the sin
that Jesus rescued us from
when we first received his love.
The easiest way to do this
is to take a good, long look
at our personal environment
in order to help us understand
how and where we might need
to protect ourselves from
unnecessary temptations.
As a disciple, a good question
to ask yourself would be:
“Is there anything in my room,
my relationships, my environment
that might tempt me to sin?”
For example, if you know
you struggle with substance abuse,
you would want to get rid
of anything and everything
in your personal space
that might enable you to act
on that addiction.
Likewise, if you have friends
who you just can’t say “no” to,
you might want to take a hard look
at those relationships
and decide if any changes
need to be made for a season.
In addition, getting connected
to an authentic community of faith
is a great step toward establishing
a safe and healthy environment.


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