Admission to end the year, start the new year: I don’t know the Bible well enough. None of us do. There’s always more to learn. I believe the Bible reveals God to us. How could I ever know enough? That’s the honest reason I created this blog. It keeps me honest in my commitment to study and learn daily from God’s word, and I hope it helps you dive into God’s word each day.
Here’s a dirty little secret: When I was in seminary, they assigned us 8 hours of work a year in a local congregation. Yes, it helped us gain experience, but it also made sure those of us who were training to work in The Church were going to stay active in a congregation. Knowing we’d be working on Sundays for years and decades to come, many of us would have taken our share of weekends off to be with family, to rest, to catch up on classroom work. Your preachers are no different from you. We are human too.
Here’s another dirty little secret: Many pastors only crack open their Bibles for preaching. We work long hours like most of you do. We tell ourselves we are reading the Bible, just not as much as we would like? Sound familiar? We are human too.
But followers of Jesus, disciples, I’ve come to learn, that’s a different story. They worship regularly, pray often, and dig into God’s word regularly. It doesn’t matter if they are clergy or not.
Digging into The Bible like exercise, we know it’s good for us, we just don’t do it often enough. Can we make it part of our daily routine for 2015? I God uses this post and this blog, not to shame you, but to inspire you to dwell with The Lord each day by excavating the treasures God has for you in God’s word. And if you read a passage, and don’t know what it means or what it’s about, ask. Phone a friend whom you trust, or your local friendly neighborhood pastor. Even folks in the Bible needed help understanding the Scriptures.
Acts 8:26-35 (CEB)
Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch
26 An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, “At noon, take[a] the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) 27 So he did. Meanwhile, an Ethiopian man was on his way home from Jerusalem, where he had come to worship. He was a eunuch and an official responsible for the entire treasury of Candace. (Candace is the title given to the Ethiopian queen.) 28 He was reading the prophet Isaiah while sitting in his carriage. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Approach this carriage and stay with it.”
30 Running up to the carriage, Philip heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you really understand what you are reading?”
31 The man replied, “Without someone to guide me, how could I?” Then he invited Philip to climb up and sit with him. 32 This was the passage of scripture he was reading:
Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent
so he didn’t open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was taken away from him.
Who can tell the story of his descendants
because his life was taken from the earth?[b]
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, about whom does the prophet say this? Is he talking about himself or someone else?” 35 Starting with that passage, Philip proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him.
Here was a God follower who didn’t understand what he was reading in Scripture, and the Lord provided someone to help him. The Lord sent Phillip.
One of the reasons I enjoy your comments on this blog, is because you help me.
As we move into the New Year, will you resolve to dig into Scripture each day? To learn what God wants to reveal to us? Let’s walk this road together. There’s plenty of coffee and an ocean of grace. I’m looking forward to that cup of coffee with you, learning from God, being loved by God, and taking this journey. Let’s all go next level into God’s Word, whatever your next level is, in 2015. Let’s do it together. This is your personal invitation.
Prayer: Lord, I do love you, and I know you love me. Let’s spend more time together in 2015. I know you will be there, inspire me to do the same. Help me keep my resolutions, especially this one in 2015. Amen.