Discipled by Toby Mac

Last night, I was remodeling my daughters room.  I am painting the walls Oatlands Velvet Night.  That means purple.  While working, I was getting discipled by Toby Mac, my favorite musical artist.  Now, Toby didn’t have a brush in his hand.  He wasn’t here.  He was probably on tour or back home in Tennessee.  But, his music was penetrating my heart with lessons on love, evangelism and forgiveness.

You might not think about being discipled by the artists that you listen to or the authors that you read, but you are.  They are pouring their lessons into your heart and mind calling for your agreement.  They are acting as teachers looking to shape the minds of their students.  That is one reason that God cautions us in Proverbs 4:23 to guard our hearts because the things that we put there influence how we live.  Music is especially powerful because it combines a message with deep emotion.  It moves us.  Therefore, we want to let good teachers speak into our lives.  The best that I can tell, Toby is the real deal.  His music and message always drive me closer to Jesus.  The song that really grabbed me last night was Get Back Up.  Here is my favorite part:

We lose our way,
We get back up again
It’s never too late to get back up again,
One day you will shine again,
You may be knocked down,
But not out forever

I need those words all the time.  We lose our way, don’t we?  We are called to follow Jesus, but sometimes we get off track.  We sin.  Our priorities get mixed up.  We start giving our hearts to the wrong things.  We lose our way.  Sometimes, I get so discouraged that I wonder how God could possibly forgive me one more time.  I wonder how God can have the patience with me that he does.  The answer to that question is here.   But, I wonder if it’s worth it to pick myself up and try again.  I wonder if it’s too late.  Toby says “no….get up.”  “It’s never too late…..you will shine again.”  Yes.  God says so too.  I like Hebrews 12:1

“…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Things that hinder our walk with God are going to come.  Get up and throw them off.  We will sin.  It will get us tangled up and trip us sometimes.  Get up.  Seek forgiveness and throw it off and keep running with perseverance.  I love the perseverance part. The only reason that you need perseverance is because it is going to be hard and you are going to be tempted to give up.  God knows that.  Jesus experienced it.  He understands and that is why Hebrews 2:17,18 says Jesus is merciful and is able to help you.

Wherever you are, it’s not over.  Maybe you are down, but that won’t last forever.  Seek God.  Trust Jesus to help you get up and go again.  He will do it.  Toby told me.

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