Why diving deep into God’s Word makes us confident disciple-makers

December 13, 2018

Being a parent who is a confident disciple-maker is hard work. The time required to regularly pray with your family, intentionally talk about the Lord with your kids, serve with your spouse and see your neighborhoods as a mission field can feel overwhelming in our fast-paced world.

Unfortunately, in our attempts to keep all the plates spinning, we can inadvertently lose sight of the most important discipline. To be a confident disciple-making parent requires us to run hard after God and dive deep into His Word.

The idea of diving into God’s Word brings back a humorous memory from my youth. When I was a boy, my best friend Steve and I were at the local city pool. This was the largest pool in Greensboro complete with a slide, two small diving boards and one extremely high, high dive. I had never jumped off the high dive before but that day Steve dared me to try.

When I finally got up the nerve, I slowly climbed to the top of the ladder and made my way to the edge of the diving board. As I looked over the edge and saw how far from the water I was, I decided I wasn’t ready to take the plunge. But when I turned to make my way back down the ladder, there were already five people standing on the ladder waiting on me to get out of their way. I realized I was stuck and the only way down was to jump.

I looked at Steve, who smiled and said, “Just take off running.” With nowhere to go except into the water, I did what Steve said. I started running. However, I forgot to do one thing. I forgot to dive. 

When my feet left the diving board, I just kept running until I slammed into the water, face first. When I made it to the side of the pool, Steve was speechless. He couldn’t talk because he was laughing so hard. When he finally pulled himself together, Steve said, “You looked like a cartoon character running off the high dive. Your legs never stopped moving.”

You and I have a short time on this earth to get to know the Lord and His Scriptures. From the moment we give our lives to Christ, He desires for us to learn about Him through the pages of His Word. One day we will leave this world and our earthly learning will be over, but our eternal learning will be just beginning.

Therefore, God wants us to “just take off running” into His arms by making His Word a consistent priority now and, then at death, leap into His arms for the rest of eternity.

When we make the Lord the focal point of each day, our confidence will soar. We will experience more intimate prayer times with our families and have deeper spiritual conversations with our children. Our opportunities to serve with our spouse will be more meaningful, and our neighborhoods will become our mission field.

Even in our busy world, don’t be afraid to take the dive into God’s Word.


by Mark Smith 
/  Faith at Home  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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