The church that I attend will provide these small bookmarks with verses to read for three months, typically a chapter a day. This month is the first time I've taken it upon myself to follow these readings. I won't lie, I'm not always excited to do it and I haven't done it everyday, but I must say, the more I do it, the more I find myself desiring to be just like Him. A couple verses that stuck out from my passage today were the following:
1 John 3: 21-24 (NIV)
"Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the spirit he gave us."
Do not just believe in Jesus Christ, obey his teachings, follow in his footsteps and dare to be as much like him as you possibly can. A question I have to challenge myself with is "Do I relate so closely to Jesus that my friends feel like their friends with Him?" "Does my fiance' feel like she's marrying Jesus?"
Ask yourself the same thing.
Within the past few years I've felt God tug at my heart to write a book, but what about? I don't know. That's something I need to begin searching for and thought maybe a blog was a great way to throw around some ideas and inspiration. But a blog about a book that may never happen? That doesn't sound very exciting. So, I've decided I will begin this blog by trusting God to guide me, and today, He's put accountability on my heart.
I'm sure I'm not the first person to say that doing God's work isn't always easy when it's not convenient for you. Like, when I come home from a long day at work, it's not always easy to want to read the Bible or pray for that lady that cut you off on the parkway during your drive home. You know that feeling when you really don't want to do something, like homework, but you know you should? Then when you finally break down and do it, it's the best feeling in the world!
Well, I've learned that when Christ is involved, that feeling of accomplishment stays around for an even longer period of time. Even better, I've learned that from that accomplishment comes a greater desire to do the things He desires. Why? Because when you do acts in pursuit of Him, you're rewarded with a greater thirst for His righteousness.