I’m going to stop reading the Bible via YouVersion.
As much as I really dig YouVersion it’s not a good witness to my children. You see my kids notice that I love football because I watch so much of it. They know I love basketball because I play it all the time. My kids see that I work out; all the time and I have heard them mention it when talking with their friends. My kids know I love God since we pray and go to church regularly.
But do they know I read the bible? Probably not since it looks like I’m just reading something from my phone. Could be the bible, another book, email, etc. I know it’s hip for pastors to read from their phone, but separating one’s action speaks volume to those that may not know.
For the final three months of what has been an incredible growth year for me I’m reading the New Testament. I calculated that three chapters a day would get me through it all in the next three months.
Today I read Matthew 1-3 and chapter 3 really jumped out at me. Here are some of the things I’d like to share.
- John the Baptist boldly says “repent” without fear of offending anyone.
- People came from all over confessing their sins. The act of confession is important in securing eternal life.
- John the Baptist called out the Pharisees and Sadducees for not producing fruit. Wow
Chapter 3 verse 7 and 8 reads: But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
John is a great example for us as believers. We should be sharing the repent message and not worry about what other people think. The feeling of ‘pride’ reigns supreme in today’s culture and many claim to be Christians but aren’t into confessing their sins. What is sin may even come up in conversation. Silly, I know, but I’m in the marketplace and trust me it’s there.
Lastly, for those that are proud and claim to be Christian should be producing fruits. Shoot, we all should be producing fruits but what I find interesting is John called them out. Is it time that we call out those that are close to us if their are not producing fruit? I don’t know the answer to that question especially since I’m focusing on producing fruit by sharing the good news, but I think it’s a question that will need to start coming up.
Will you read with me? Three New Testament chapters a day for the next 90 days is all. Would love to have you join me.