Now, before I go any further let me be clear that I am all for new strategies with a new year. Some bemoan that such efforts are worthless since they seldom last the whole year but one report indicated that nearly half of all resolutions are kept for six months. That same report states…
“People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”
Better to try, and fall short than not try at all!
But before you get too gung-ho about a new Bible reading strategy – which my wife and I are doing – let me offer you this caution.
It’s not about more Bible knowledge or principles to follow as much as it’s about a closer relationship with Jesus.
“You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.” ~ John 5:39-40 (The Message)
It is entirely possible – and way too prevalent – to know the Scriptures but not know Jesus.
In Deep & Wide, Andy Stanley makes this observation about the early church:
“It was led by men and women who were fueled not by what they believed, but by what they had seen. That simple fact sets the church apart from every other religious movement in the history of the world. After all, it wasn’t the teaching of Jesus that sent his followers to the streets. It was his resurrection… The men and women who made up the nucleus of the church weren’t simply believers in an abstract philosophy or even faithful followers of a great leader; they were eyewitnesses of an event.”
That “event” was Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and the same Spirit that raised Jesus to life again is available to bring us alive to God in new and life-giving ways.
May our Bible reading lead us closer to Jesus and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2013. All rights reserved.