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IEA Devo 2021 ultimatemeaning • Becoming a Disciple-Maker

Ultimate Meaning – The Disciple-Making Lifestyle

“…I Am That I Am…”
(Exodus 3:14)


Part One

Expressed very simply, without God, man’s momentary existence would have no enduring meaning. This is why, “I Am That I Am” (Exodus 3:14) patiently revealed Himself to us. This is also why reading His inspired account of that process is life’s supreme, cognitive, experience of realization. Stop and let that reality fill your mind. Our Creator’s existence, wisdom, power, and vastness utterly surpass man’s limited and fragmented knowledge.

The total amassing of mankind’s knowledge amounts to nothing more than a tiny sliver of God’s infinite omniscience! The Bible, therefore, stands separate and far above all the world’s religious and secular literature. Its inspired message about God’s self-disclosure and grace supersedes all other forms of knowledge. Truth trusts in itself and doesn’t attempt to hide. Therefore, we can all discover life’s meaning and ultimate purpose.


Part Two

The world’s most extreme darkness is the absence of God’s light in the human heart! This is why His sinless Son, our Savior, came explaining, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) Heavenly light and truth are to be personally experienced not just simply admired. This is God’s chosen plan and the essence of spiritual reality. In that experience we meet Him on His own holy terms. He clearly needs no one yet He loves everyone, so His self-sacrificing nature remains beyond our comprehension (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).

The fact that Jesus never wrote a single word about Himself or His kingdom, vividly demonstrates His confidence in the third person of the Trinity. Before His ascension He explained, “the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26) We are to discover life’s ultimate meaning through the Holy Spirit’s guidance and His inspired words written in Scripture.

The Bible says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)


Part Three

Thoughtfully consider the stately vocabulary of the young, scarcely educated, Hebrew girl named Mary (see Luke 1:46-55). Also consider the unschooled fishermen Peter and John who became apostles. Later, they both wrote like scholars, yet they lacked such formal training. With memories empowered by the Holy Spirit, they and others were able to fully remember the parables, discussions, and the world’s most famous sermon in exact detail (see Matthew 5-7).

It is obvious that the four Gospel writers’ minds were guided by the Holy Spirit just as the Lord Jesus explained (see John 14:26). Meaning has everything to do with truth, and understanding the truth has everything to do with hearing and reading it. The Psalmist therefore wrote, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

The Gospels themselves are clearly a miracle, made possible by supernatural recall and divine revelation. Therefore, when you read them – you will be standing on holy ground!


By Billie Hanks Jr.

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