Purpose Discover Develop Demonstrate
n Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer (link). The monument rests on a partial pyramid base with statutes of Courage, Study, History and Navigation on each side of the base. The top of the statute has a boat on rough seas riding atop a globe of the world. On this boat stands a statue representing Faith holding a cross standing behind Christopher. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion destroying the first Latin word that had been part of Spain’s motto for centuries. Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of earth. Thus, their motto was “Non Plus Ultra,” which means “No More Beyond.” Now, the motto read “Plus Ultra.” Columbus had proven that there was indeed “more beyond.”
Discover “more beyond”!
Discover is a verb and involves making something known that we were not aware of or did not know and results in finding things beyond our knowledge and experience. Spiritually, the discovery process requires that we embark on a journey on the rough seas of life to carry out God’s will with faith under the illumination of the Holy Spirit. As we humbly seek Him in prayer and study His Word, we will navigate past the perils and pitfalls of this world to find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). At that point, we will find the courage to trust Him more because history has shown that He is a God that never fails.
As we grow in Christ from Adopted (new) Believer, to Adolescent (growing) Believer, to Adult (mature) Believer, we need to allow the Lion of Judah to help us discover God’s will for our lives. Let Him take the lead and set the course. As we yield to His discovery process, He will begin to illuminate the truth in our lives and point out the area(s) we need to develop and demonstrate with our Christian walk.
Discover is a verb of action. Discover more beyond by seeking Him in prayer and personal study!