November 23, 2017

TTB12 & Share Time

I want to start by inviting ALL my readers to participate in this weekly interaction. Maybe I started this off with a slightly narrowed focus, but I would love to hear from those of you doing other reading plans, or even just your own plan for reading the Bible every day.

Reading God’s Word every single day takes motivation. It needs encouragement. It thrives on accountability. In a perfect sinless world, we would not be distracted from our highest priority by physical maladies, tired minds, noise and distraction, and just plain lack of desire. In a perfect sinless world, we wouldn’t be able to tear ourselves away from the presence of God! In fact, in heaven, that’s just how it will be!

But we don’t live in a perfect world yet. We are, though redeemed and forgiven, still possessors of sinful natures. We still live in a sinful, sin-filled world. And so we must work at reading God’s Word. We must work at knowing Him better and building a relationship with Him – just as we do with our spouses or other close friends. It takes time, commitment, discipline, submission… and yes, desire. It starts between our souls and our Savior, but it can be either stimulated or squelched by our fellow Christians.

I admit, Romans 15 is in my mind as I write this. Paul starts off with admonitions to bear the weak, please our neighbors, and build each other up. He goes on to point on how Christ’s ministry on earth was one of building people up (specifically the Gentiles) to the point of glorifying God through knowing Him personally. He then transitions to his own ministry, and tells the Roman believers, “I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another” – and yet he still wants to visit them and offer instruction to them. He wants to build them up by reiterating what God had taught him. He finishes by commending Macedonia and Achaia for building up the saints at Jerusalem, both spiritually and financially.

This, my friends, is the crux of living the Christian life. This is the inward focus of the body of Christ: to build one another up in Him! And what better way to start doing that, than by sharing Scripture with each other, by offering testimonies of His teaching and guidance, and by encouraging each other to continue faithfully in the Word. As the writer of Hebrews put it:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:23-25).

So why don’t you join me in building each other up, by sharing what God is teaching you through the daily reading of His Word? It doesn’t matter if you’re doing TTB12 or something else; if you are daily in the Word of God, you ought to be learning something that you can share! What is it?

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For those who are continuing with the blended plan, here is next week’s reading schedule:

TTB12 Week 4 Reading Plan

Sunday: Isaiah 3-4, Mark 1
Monday: Isaiah 5-6, Mark 2
Tuesday: Isaiah 7-8, Mark 3
Wednesday: Isaiah 9-10
Thursday: Isaiah 11-13, Mark 4
Friday: Isaiah 14-16
Saturday: Isaiah 17-19, Mark 5

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I am interested in starting a link-up for these TTB12 posts. I would like to have a day where people share something specific they’re learning from their devotional time. But I need some help… linkytools is no longer free. Anyone know of a good free link-up service I could use?

For now, go ahead and share in the comments what you are learning through your time daily time with God!

Comments

  1. This is probably way simplistic, since I have never been a “Bible-studyer,” but what I’ve been learning is that sin has been around as long as man has been around, and that a lot of sinful acts were committed, even in the “Bible times.” In a sort of twisted way, this gives me hope for today’s world — that all of this is really nothing new and that we still have a chance for hope (as mentioned in Romans 15:4– “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”). This also helps me to forgive myself and to realize that I am forgiven.

    Thanks Elizabeth

  2. Colette, I appreciate your openness in sharing what God is teaching you. And you made an excellent point. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says that “there is nothing new under the sun.” Man is just as sinful today as he was way back in Genesis. And yet God is still just as faithful and loving! I love how you mentioned Romans 15:4 along with that. Isn’t it amazing how all the Scriptures tie together so perfectly?

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