"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25 Bible Reading: Luke Chapters 10-12

DON’T be DISTRACTED with ‘GOOD’ ACTIVITIES: But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:40-42)

When Jesus visited the home of Martha and Mary, we see that Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word, while Martha became distracted by her preparations for her beloved Rabbi (vv. 39-40). Martha’s complaint to Jesus indicates that she was irritated that her sister was not helping her. Jesus’ tender reply is evident in the double address of ‘Martha, Martha’ (6:46; 8:24; 13:34; 22:31) as He observed that Martha was anxiety-ridden over ordinary matters. On the other hand, Mary was a silent example. She said nothing, but did what was right by devoting herself to Jesus’ teaching. Jesus valued Mary’s affection above Martha’s service!

Based upon this incident, Charles R. Erdman writes: “While the Master does appreciate all that we undertake for Him, He knows that our first need is to sit at His feet and learn His will; then in our tasks we shall be calm and peaceful and kindly”.

The lesson to be learned from this true story is that we must choose our relationship with God over anything else. C. S. Lewis has one remarked, “You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first”. The first thing above everything else is our relationship with God. There is nothing wrong with serving in His vineyard but we must take time to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His Word. It is important to serve God and serve others, but it is even more important to delight God by spending quality time with Him alone!

Like Martha, we are called on to strike a balance between faithful, diligent service in our day-to-day responsibilities, and a constant attitude of dependence on the Lord by maintaining close relationship with Him. Are we so busy serving Him that we have no time to love Him and listen to Him?

"One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple." (Psalms 27:4)

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