Category Archives: Discipline
At church, we are currently looking at ‘Ephesus and the New Humanity: A call to reignite the church’s passion for Christ’ by Reg Piper.
I should also say to start that my knowledge of the Bible tells me that it doesn’t actually call us to read the Bible for ‘quiet times’, which is another way of describing ‘daily devotions’. But the Bible does call leaders to meditate (think) on the Law (which is in the Bible), daily (Joshua 1.8). And God’s will and perspective are written in the Bible, even through the stories, songs, visions and letters of people, so it’s helpful to reflect on them to get to know God.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
And, of course, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3.16, 17). So it’s good to read it for that.
The other thing is that the Bible is clear that following festivals doesn’t affect your righteousness with God, following the season of Lent is not essential. In fact, it might be of more help to follow these devotions again another time, after you’ve had enough time to reflect and grow in your progress in following Jesus.
A New Year’s Resolution, such as getting more exercise or reading more Bible (for Christians), usually involves a dramatic change in one’s lifestyle such that requires quite a bit of discipline and determination. And after a month, nay the very first day, most of those that are resolute are likely to run out of steam. Thus I have never really been big a fan of NYR’s.
SIDE NOTE: Before I fail to mention it, yes I have clearly been behind on my Bible Reading Plan, evidenced by the lack of ‘Bible Bites‘. But I have been taking the time to read through the rest of Genesis, and I will resume the reading plan as soon as I’ve written about that. Otherwise, I will probably stick to reading the Bible in chunks on an occasional basis, which is a tangent from the idea of a disciplined ‘daily devotion’, but I think this method also bears some benefits. Plus, I think I have the privilege of being exposed to so many resources (mostly online) that allow me to reflect on God’s word that I don’t feel the need to beat myself up about it.