Pastor Jeffers, my “radio pastor,”challenged me to read one book of the New Testament each day for one month. Not thirty books, but just one, over again each day for the entire month. He caught my attention when he stated that he was not impressed by plans to read the entire Bible through in one year. That seemed rather critical to me, and it also matched my own impression, one that I’ve not revealed before. So, I am taking the challenge, and starting with the book that he suggested, Philippians.
This month I am very busy, as always. I have two Basketball Camps, a Child Evangelism 4-Day Camp, Sunday teaching obligations, a birthday party, graduation, two banquets (one in which I am responsible to oversee childcare for 24 kids), I’m painting a daughter’s new house, and caring for four grandsons while their mother is on a trip. I have a lot to do, and no time to waste, making this the perfect time to start reading my Bible.
Already, after just one read through, God’s Spirit was speaking to mine throughout the day. I’m impressed with the Kenosis of Christ, found in Philippians chapter two, and much more. This weekend I’m hoping to meet a friend for lunch. She lost her only son to an auto accident three years ago. I just lost my son, in a different way, last week. Philippians 2:27 jumped out to me as I read today, “God had mercy…so that I would not have such unbearable sorrow”…Paul’s explanation for God’s actions towards him in an overwhelming situation.
Already I’m reaping a reward for attentiveness to God’s Word. I am excited for the next 27 read throughs…expecting blessings, comfort, encouragement, and incitement to love God more.
There are no short cuts to loving God. He deserves more of an effort at our relationship than I have been giving. I’m committed to try harder to get to know Him through His Word.
Maybe you too would like to take this challenge? I’ll let you know how Philippians works out for me at the end of this month.
“Hold fast to the Word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” (Philippians 2:16/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!