He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:28-29

If I told you that you need to remember everything I am about to say because you’ll be expected to teach it to another man, how would you read this devotional differently? There are two different ways to listen. Listening to consume is only taking in what is heard with no built in expectation that the information is passed on. Listening to teach is on an entirely different level. This way of listening is more intent and can feel the accountability of instruction.

Accountability comes from the pressure of being checked in on. Someone will examine what it is that you have done and there will be feedback present. When a man understands this is coming, he listens entirely different. This is the accountability of instruction. I remember the first time this hit me was in post-college education. I was sitting in class when it dawned on me that someone would rely on me to pass this information on. From that point on it was not the fear of a poor GPA that motivated my education. I was driven to convey precise instruction to those who depended on me.

Discipleship is a process where one person passes on knowledge, example, and a way of living to another man. It was Jesus plan and the reason the Church exists today. In two short verses, Paul displays his passion for bringing disciples to maturity through careful instruction. Christ calls each man to do this, and that becomes built in accountability.

DO THIS TODAY: Share a spiritual truth you learned with someone you know.