One of my defining characteristics is my busy-ness. I'm always doing something, and although it's not always the most productive something, I keep myself preoccupied. I prioritize my time and energy and invest in what I think is important. That being said, sometimes my priorities are skewed and the most important fall to the bottom of the list, including my faith. And thus begins the endless cycle of 'backsliding' and moving forward, then back again, and finally forward until I just end up at a loss for what to do. To prevent this from happening (again), I'm publicly committing to a few things..
Number 1: I'm making space for God. A couple weeks ago Nia and I went to the Hillsong Church in NYC and I remember that morning I had this whole concept of skewed priorities and a fear of losing my faith on my heart. So what a coincidence it was when the pastor's sermon was about how in our busy day-to-day lives, we have to be MAKING SPACE for God to work. I took some notes about things Pastor Carl said that stood out to me, including this...
"If the devil can't kill you by getting you to do bad things, he will distract you by getting you busy doing good things."
And to give you a little context, we were talking about the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42, which you should really go read if you haven't already! But for a quick overview, basically when Jesus came to these sisters' house Mary sat and spent time with Him while Martha became distracted with making sure that the housekeeping and dinner was ready. I've noticed that in my life, I get busy with things that are considered admirable, but cannot compare to spending quality time with the Lord. So I'm committing to making space for my Bible, for worship, and for resting in God's presence, which brings me to my second point.
No. 2: I commit to finish reading the Bible by the end of 2014. The first day of 2013 I started a Bible reading plan that was supposed to take me through every verse of the Bible in a year. I started out pretty great...but some 21 months later I'm close, but not quite finished. So I'm committing to finishing it, even the days when I'm reading Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
No. 3: This is kind of the whole point of the post, sorry to keep you waiting! ;) Since I'm committing to my daily devotions, I want you to join me! The month of October I'm going to be doing an online Bible study through one of my favorite books, Hebrews! I'm calling it #HebrewsB4Halloween! (Can't believe that we're already referencing Halloween, where has the time gone!) This part of the Bible is incredible because it basically outlines just what it meant when Jesus died on the cross and rose again, and how it radically changed EVERYTHING THAT EVERYONE THOUGHT WAS 'RELIGION'. Seriously. Every time I read through it I get excited and can't help but smile because I am reminded of how Jesus changed the world and my life forever . There's also some great information in Hebrews regarding living by faith and some other instructions for life after you accept Christ. There are 13 chapters in Hebrews, and starting October 1 I'll be posting about twice a week with passages to read, my commentary, Biblical references and research, and also prayers so that we cover everything. Along the way I'll be asking some of my spiritual role models for their insight to share because there are still things in scripture that I don't understand and I want to learn too! After I post that day's passage, feel free to share on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, whatever and use this as a tool to get a conversation going! Who knows, maybe sharing a link can lead to you sharing your testimony or the Gospel with a friend. If you want immediate answers from me during the Bible study, comment on the post and I'll respond! Or tweet me/comment on my Instagram posts @KLeeGraham1 using #HebrewsB4Halloween so I can get back to you!
Just thinking about this Bible study makes me so excited!!! My vision for this is that we'll start to grow as a community of believers online so that we can be empowered to get offline and share the news of salvation! We'll basically be the most convenient small group ever!
Live Beautifully, and prepare yourself for some life-changing scripture!