Read 1 Peter 1:3-12
In discipling someone, generally one of the first things I have to do is help them embrace a regular rhythm of reading and reflecting on scripture. My approach is simple. Set a reasonable, reachable goal (IE: Follow a daily plan that directs you to read 10 – 15 verses per day. I usually start with a 7 day plan, then bump it up to 14 days and on up. Check out youversion.com for all kinds of reading plans) and I do it with him/her. Often one of the early challenges in establishing this rhythm is that it can be hard for someone relatively new to scripture to find revelation or application or understanding in what they are reading. What I have found, however, is that God blesses the discipline of it all and once a rhythm is established, those things often flow quite easily. In fact, it never ceases to amaze me how timely God’s voice in scripture can be. Take today, for example. Most people who are reading this blog know that my family is getting ready to move to a new town and a new ministry. The last 4 1/2 years of ministry here in Charlotte have been wonderful and fruitful in many ways, but there has also been some major wilderness times. We have been through the ringer in some ways and, quite frankly we are ready for something different. That being said, there have been plenty of really good times too and we have poured our heart and soul into the people God has put in our path here and leaving is hard. So, in my daily rhythm of reading scripture this morning here is what I read,
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. (1 Peter 1:6 NLT)
What a great word to guide me today and over the next few weeks as I prepare to move. A timely message for me today, but the good news is also that there will never be a time when this isn’t true. Whenever there is trouble or trials, press on and follow Jesus. There is wonderful joy ahead.