I’ve been listening to my old pastor’s sermons as part of my disciplines each day. This has been a wonderful time for many reasons; however, it’s also very frustrating. It is somewhat maddening in that I want to take notes and can’t or I want to look into a concept or word and I can’t (I listen while I’m doing other things). While thinking of the pleasure that all my disciplines give me it occurred to me that as much as I am so looking forward to being with Him in heaven, our time here can be a joyous, sweet time IF we spend it with Him! Yes, we will still have all the heartaches, pain, and turmoil of life, but the process of getting to know our unsearchable, unfathomable God is refreshing, sustaining, and marvelous, to say the least, as we fall more in love with Him
We must, as the very minimum of our spiritual disciplines, read our bibles!
We read to:
know our beloved Savior/Creator
increase our faith (Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ)
increase our love for Him (Mark 12:30 – and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength)
honor Him by knowing how to live
what to say
how to think (which, by the way, is worship through obedience)
not be deceived by false doctrine and to enable us to brightly display Him–our mission
I love His Word–when I’m down it/He encourages me. When I’m happy, He tells me why (all good gifts come from Him). When I’m tired and discouraged, He reminds me why I must continue. And, if I endure, He tells me what waits for me, my prize–heaven. When I don’t know what to do, He gives me wisdom. When I’m having a hard time, He reminds me of the myriad of things I have to be thankful for–first and foremost the gift of His Son. When I’m confused, He gives me truth. When I’m lonely, He tells me of His amazing love. He tells me what my purpose is and gives me direction. When He has me do hard things, He reminds me that He helps me. I could go on and on, you get the idea.
1 Peter 2:1-3 commands us to long for the word of God—“Therefore putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
Because we have tasted the kindness of the Lord, my prayer is that we will long for the word so that we grow, so that we become strong in the power of the Lord for the purpose of representing Him mightily in this dark world.
Here is a link from Justin Taylor’s Between Two Worlds with several different bible reading plans.
If you haven’t read through the bible or if you don’t read through the bible each year please choose a plan and begin a journey that will be the best journey you have ever embarked on.