I have been inspired of late to make some changes and improvements to both the look of my blog and its contents.
Starting this week, I intend to post three times a week. Look for something to be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On Monday I will post something on a leadership-related issue. On Wednesday I will post thoughts from other bloggers that were personally helpful to me.
On Friday, starting today, I will let you into my daily time with Jesus and share a bit of what He is teaching me, making clear to me, reminding me of and rebuking me for.
For thirty or so years I have interacted with Scripture along the lines of the 4 R’s:
Read - Read a portion of God’s word and mark as I read;
Reflect - Go back over what I have marked, thinking about what I marked and why I marked it;
Respond - Respond through prayer and obedience to what I believe He is making clear to me;
Record - I keep a simple journal and capture my ideas in Evernote so I can remember what He has said to me and evaluate how I’ve been doing in responding and applying it to my life and work, in dependence on Him.
I am currently reading and meditating my way through the Gospel of John. Yesterday, September 6th, I read chapter two.
Here is what I wrote in Evernote:
John 2:5 NLT
"But his mother told the servants, do whatever he tells you."
Jesus, so simple, so impactful, so difficult! It brings me back to my value from years ago…immediately responding to your revealed truth…regardless from where it comes. Reformed theology at its core…God initiates, we respond. Help me to listen well…help me to respond well. Help me to confess and repent when I don't respond well. Help me to do it all as I am empowered by you, lead by you and seek to honor you.
Here are a few additional thoughts as I continue to think about this simple but profound verse.
1. Do…be a person of action…go beyond respecting, admiring, appreciating, (even believing) what Jesus tells me and actually do it as a simple act of faith and obedience in dependence upon Him.
2. Whatever…He is Lord, not me. I don’t want to be selective in deciding what part of His word I humbly respond or intentionally ignore.
3. He…I hear lots of voices in my head…what different people would like me to do, but the most important voice is His. Lord, teach me to live and minister before an “audience of one.” Allow me to hear your voice above the din.
4. Tells me…Too easy to compare with others. I am not ultimately responsible for what He tells others, only what he tells me. Peter made this mistake in John 21 and received a stern rebuke from Jesus.
Question to ponder:
What has Jesus said to you recently and what you have you done with it?