By: Jeremiah Thomas, pastor of Centennial ARP Church in Columbia, SC
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
As I am sure y’all are aware, Easter is near! In tune with the times, I want to ask a simple and (hopefully!) devotion provoking question:
What are you reading this week?
Maybe I could put it another way…
What is informing you this week?
Who takes the “informing cake” for you? Is it social media (of whatever ilk you have a proclivity for), TV, news, Scripture, nothing? Of all weeks, what if you allowed God to “take the cake” this one time? How sacrificial would it be to commit a majority of your free time to devotional things like prayer and God’s Word (even Christian books, articles, and so on)?
Would we dare to complain as we remember this week’s significance?
Would we dare to complain as Jesus stood toe to toe for the truth against the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the like?
Would we dare to complain as Jesus served his disciples to the very last?
Would we dare to complain as Jesus was betrayed, apprehended, beaten, stripped, tortured, mocked, scorned, and died in humiliation on a cross?
Would we dare to complain as Jesus fulfilled the work of salvation?
Let me come at it from another way. I hesitated in writing this article. As I prayed about that, I asked myself a very important question: Why? Why would I hesitate? Did I think it was too abrasive? Was it not charitable enough? Or was I being convicted of my own emphases?
In the end, I came down on writing it (obviously, since you’re reading it!), but how does it strike you? Is my challenge too abrasive? If yes, will you ask yourself the same very important question I asked? Why?
If it’s not too abrasive for you, then why not do it? Why not be about eternal things? Why not feed your soul?
Think on these things with me. Pray with me. Devote yourself to God with me. And be blessed!
3 thoughts on “What Are You Reading?”
I’m reading the regular Bible schedule that takes me through the whole Bible in a year. I read about Samson this morning! Not exactly an Easter text, but I’ll supplement it!
How much closer do I feel to my Lord when I fill my mind with excellent things!
Jeremiah, your article was great simple to the point and convicting about how we spend our time. Thank you so much!
In His steps,