Can I borrow 9 minutes and 15 seconds of your day? This week we begin a new series at Heartland going through the book of 1 Thessalonians. As I have stated elsewhere, “Godly listening begins long before you come to church on Sunday morning.” So I am challenging you to prepare your hearts for the preached Word by reading the book of 1 Thessalonians. I would even dare you to read the entire book everyday.
I know you probably think I am crazy. I can’t read the entire book of 1 Thessalonians everyday. Let me encourage you by saying I am a slow reader and it only took me 9 minutes and 15 seconds. The idea of committing to this kind of reading can be intimidating, however if you compare it to all the things you do on a daily basis it really isn’t much. If you are still saying you don’t have time to read it, then let me admonish you. Let’s take a quick examination of your day. How much time do you spend on the internet? How much time do you spend watching television? How much time do you spend reading other books, magazines, and newspapers? How much time do you waste everyday? While I understand that everyone has busy schedule and a world of activities are vying for your time, I do not think it is unreasonable to spend 10 minutes of our day reading God’s Word.
If you are looking for a place to read or listen to the text on-line I would encourage you to go here. After you have read the text for a couple of days, please take a moment to return here and answer some of the following questions.
Time for You to Contribute
- What stands out most as you read 1 Thessalonians?
- How are you challenged by God’s Word in this book?
- What passages are you looking forward to most in this series?
- What passages/subjects do you have questions over?