Here is a submission from Ben Murray, the Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Astoria, IL. He has some good things for you/me to consider…. Take a look. -anita
The year is closing in on 3/4 complete. Are you happy with how it has turned out? What would you change?
Many of you started reading the Bible as a New Year’s resolution. Are you still in it every day? Are you in it once a week? How are you doing?
I want to encourage you to keep reading. For those of you who tried reading the Bible in a year, it might feel hopeless. You might think that you are way too far behind to ever catch back up to where you need to be. Keep reading.
Never believe the lie that you are too far behind to catch up with your goal. Never believe the lie that you do not have enough time to read your Bible.
Your soul depends upon it.
I may sound extreme. I might sound legalistic. I might sound harsh.
But your soul depends upon seeking the Lord.
Jesus says that we need to “love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27; Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:30-31). According to Jesus, these are the greatest commands of Scripture. Are you showing this love by the amount of time you prioritize to spending with God in reading Scripture?
Be in prayer about finishing this year strong. When one of my cross country runners is struggling 3/4 of the way in the race, I do not tell them “give up.” Instead, I give them advice on how to finish the race strong. I tell them to look forward- to reset goals. I tell them to open up their posture and arm swing to get their lungs more open. I tell them to change their stride.
I tell them not to give up.
Please, don’t give up your goals from this year regarding spiritual growth. Instead, renew these goals. Reset strategies. Follow the commands of Paul in Philippians 2:12-13
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed- not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
God calls you to love Him and serve Him with all you got. You can do it, God will give you the strength.