January 2021 (Read Scripture!)
2020 has taught us how unpredictable any given year can be but thankfully we have a God who is in control even during uncertain times. And as we all look forward to a fresh start in 2021, we should trust and depend on God for whatever lies ahead this next year as always. I’m thankful to place my trust in our good and wise God for whatever He has planned for us and I encourage you to do the same.
As you all think through potential New Years resolutions and goals for 2021, I hope you would consider joining many of us in our daily Bible reading plan (Robert Murray M’Cheyne Plan) where we will continue to prioritize Bible intake in 2021. There are so many messages coming to us on a daily basis that contradict the good plans and purposes of God, so taking in God’s inspired and transformative Word is so important for us to grow as Christians and counteract unbiblical thinking and worldviews.
If you do intend to join us and you don’t have any other method of consistently reading Scripture, I’d also suggest downloading the YouVersion Bible App on your devices because we can connect through the app and read along together. To be able to see what other members are highlighting from their reading is an additional encouragement and can serve as a great way to discuss what we are learning together throughout any given week or month.
I really appreciated Scott Earnst’s words at the end of his sermon this past Sunday as he shared about his experience with this reading plan in 2020. It only takes about 10/15 minutes to read (or listen) a day and it’s an investment of time well worth it to remember all the great plans and promises of God! The daily blessing of meditating on the goodness and character of God and the reminders about the directions God has given us is a blessing that no Christian should neglect.
It is so common for Christians to be seeking to find the will of God for their lives and praying about God’s will and discussing it constantly, all the while neglecting to read His inspired Word given to us. Don’t let that be true about you because God has revealed to us everything He intends us to know and believe in His inspired and sufficient Word, so make sure you have some way of regularly taking in and reading His Word so you can know and pursue God’s will in your everyday life.
I’ll close with Scripture as an important reminder of our need of regular Scripture reading with Romans 12:2; “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Let us all transform our minds by prioritizing Scripture reading in 2021!
Pastor Daniel Pelichowski