1 Peter 3:15
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
This scripture is profoundly powerful. It starts off with “in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.” Synonyms for revere are admire, respect, and worship. So another way to say it is, in our hearts we should worship Christ as Lord every single day. That is a worthy task in and of itself and we are only 7 words into the scripture! It is really easy to become disconnected from Christ due to the business of life. We need to make sure we stay focused and develop our relationship with Christ every single day.
The second part of this scripture focuses on the strength of our relationship with Christ. It is a natural tendency to tell people what we are excited about. There are plenty of conversations about sports, politics, etc. How many conversations do you have about Jesus each day? How many people do you tell about what Jesus has done in your life? Are you still excited about what Jesus is doing in your life?
Our relationship with Christ is the most important relationship we have. If you don’t like the answers you gave to the three questions above, don’t be discouraged. We can work on changing our answers but we must start today. Tomorrow is not promised, so tomorrow could be too late! Start today by praying and asking God to help develop the relationship you have with Him.
Reading our bible is the first step to strengthening our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is important that we make time, or schedule time, so that this becomes a priority in our life. However, life seems to take over sometimes even with the best of intentions.
When life takes over all is not lost. There is an app for that! YouVersion has a bible app that is really powerful. You can read the bible, highlight passages, save your favorite scriptures, and search for plans. There is also a verse of the day. You can read more about it here https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/.
The plans are one of the main features that make this app so powerful. You can search for plans based on popular topics, new to faith, marriage, dating, work, leadership, biblical studies, and much more. There are also plans that take you through the bible in a year, 6 months, all the way through the bible, or just a portion of the bible. There is a plan to fit what you are looking for. You can view plans here https://www.bible.com/reading-plans.
Another cool feature is the Bible Lens. Bible Lens lets you take a picture, or use one from your gallery, and add scripture to it. This is a really unique feature that will add another dimension to your photos. You can find it here https://www.youversion.com/bible-lens/.
This app is really powerful. You can read the bible, read devotions that are geared towards what you want, add scripture to photos, highlight scripture, create verse images, and much more. This app will help life not get in the way. Download the app and enjoy.
The main goal for a Christian is to have a deep, well connected relationship with Jesus Christ. It sounds so simple but it actually takes a lot of work on our part.
Why is it so difficult to have a strong relationship with Jesus? One reason is life. Life seems to get in the way at times. It starts off small with a meeting after work, a meeting at the school, errands, or a sporting event or practice. Those seem innocent enough, until they take over most of your time. Before you know it, you are running a thousand miles an hour – seven days a week.
One of the first things that is “dropped” due to a hectic schedule is reading our bible. We justify it by praying a little more or telling ourselves “I will read it tonight before I go to sleep.” When nighttime hits, most of us are just too tired to read or fall asleep while reading. This severely limits what we learn, remember, or connect with in the bible.
How can we break the dreaded “hamster wheel of busy?”
Here are 4 steps to take to start reading your bible.
- Decide – Make the decision to spend time with Jesus. If we are not committed to making a relationship work, it will fail once life gets in the way.
- Commit – Make time with Jesus a priority. Any meaningful relationship we have starts by spending time with each other. Jesus is there waiting on us so we have to make the time for Him. Reading our bible is a great way to connect with Jesus and “hear” what He is trying to tell us.
- Protect – We need to spend time with Jesus because we want to not because we have to. In the beginning, you may have to schedule time with Jesus. This is needed so that we can protect this block of time. Before you know it, you will be scheduling around this block of time without realizing it.
- Enjoy – Reading the bible should be joyful. We should be connecting with Jesus and “hearing” from Him through His Word. Try a “through the bible in a year” reading plan to help keep you focused.
Life is going to get difficult at some point. Our relationship with Jesus will determine our actions and emotions when this happens. When it does, we can rely on Jesus to be for us.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Jesus will help us endure the difficulties of life. Reading our bibles is the first step to accepting the help that is being offered.
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