Today is day 5 of a challenge my Pastor gave us last Sunday at church (Pathway Fellowship Church) to read a chapter of the Book of John each day for 21 days. Why 21 days you ask? There are 21 chapters which equals 21 days. Check out our church website by clicking on the link. www.pathwayfellowshipchurch.com
I really love reading and what better to read than God’s Word. This challenge is opening my eyes to new insights as I read each chapter and just marinate in God’s Word and praying over His Word. Are you reading God’s Word; if not I pray you start. Everything we face is covered in the Bible.
Look at some of the verses in the book of John and marinate with me:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (ESV)
Wow now reference that with Genesis 1:1
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
John 2:19 (ESV)
Jesus was talking about His body; not a building. Remember He was crucified and on the third day; He was resurrected.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (ESV)
This is one of most well known verses; most people can say this verse by heart. This is the gospel message.
28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
John 4:28-29 (ESV)
Wow this is an incredible picture. A Samaritan women asked by Jesus to get Him some water as Jesus is a Jew. This was unheard of; they despised each other; Samaritans and Jews. This is how Jesus works though. He offered her eternal life and she accepted it and left her water jars and went and told everybody she could.You see what we think is important doesn’t really matter if we don’t know Jesus. She came for water to cook with, to drink and to wash clothes and she got so much more that the water jars wasn’t important any more, she left them in a flash and went and evangelized. That is our Jesus.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 5:24 (ESV)
Have you heard God’s Word? Do you believe what it says? If you answered yes to these then you are a child of God and I am rejoicing with you.
If you aren’t in church or you are not reading the Bible I pray you start today. Find a local church and plug-in to God and watch how He will change your life for ever.
So when this challenge is over I will still read a chapter a day from another book of God’s Word. We need daily intake of His Word just like we need daily intake of food.
Thanks to Pastor Rich for keeping God’s Word front and center in our lives. 2012 is going to be exciting.
Keep it real