Spiritual Rhythm: Being With Jesus Every Season Of Your Soul
By Mark Buchanan
“We start reading the Bible because we know it’s good for us. We keep reading the Bible because it is good for us-we taste its goodness. We find pleasure in it.”
Recently, my own time in the Bible has brought me through Leviticus, Numbers and now has me rolling through Deuteronomy. I also try to read a chapter in the New Testament after because I feel like I need that to stay enthused. That is usually the case, but not this time. As I read Leviticus each day, I kept getting exciting because I was seeing Christ in amazing ways and on every page. I even began to sketch an outline of 12 messages from Leviticus I could preach on. Most would say this will kill a church. I see it as an opportunity to open up a treasure of God’s goodness and share it with people.
Buchanan talks about the importance of being rooted for all seasons and the life of a Christian must be rooted in scripture. Unfortunately, my experience as a pastor is that many church-going Christians do not do this. They want the easy answers. They want me (or some book or other Christian leader) to say the magic thing that will help them be a better Christian. For some reason, I am reminded of a documentary about Patriots coach Bill Belichick. In the midst of the pressure packed fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, the coach knelt down and pleaded with his players to “do their job.” He looked them in the eye and said, “There are no new plays. Just do your jobs.”
As a pastor I constantly plead with the people of God that there are no new plays. No magic formulas or books to read. To be rooted in the Christian life that will help them endure all seasons, grow and flourish, no matter what life brigs them, they need to daily delight in the Bible. It is as simple as that. Root in the Word. Delight in the Word. Every day.
Do you read the Word every day? If not, why not? What gets in your way? What excuses do you make? Form a plan and follow it. No excuses. Persevere and watch your life grow. It will. Trust and obey.