A group of Oklahoma ministers of education are reading through the Gospels together between March 12 and April 21. We are just finishing the first week and it has been a great experience to read the Scriptures to deepen our understanding of who God is, and also know that we there are other brothers and sisters that are on a shared spiritual journey. It has been a privilege to receive some email from some of the education ministers that have joined together for this 41 day challenge.
Dr. George Guthrie gave us permission to adapt his chronological Read the Bible for Life reading plan. So we are basically reading through the Gospels in the order that the events happened. Because we are reading a large amount of Scripture every day, we are reading the Gospels from the “30,000 foot view”.
For the next six Wednesdays, I am going to share just a bit about what I am experiencing during this experience. Today I am sharing the two verses that I think God really wanted me to see this week.
Have you ever faced a challenge in life that just seems almost too much? Maybe something that is overwhelming? I have… and I am. Just as I feel like things are just about hopeless, God brings me to a verse like this one from this week’s Bible reading.
For nothing will be impossible with God. Luke 1:37
There is not a situation you and I will ever be in that is beyond God’s ability, strength, power, or love. Read those words one at a time: For… nothing… will… be… impossible… with… God!
As hope returns, here is the second verse that really got my attention this week.
There was a man named John who was sent from God. John 1:6
The Latin word for sent is the word “missio”. This verse could actually read, “There was a man named John who was on a mission from God.” We live in a world that wants to deny that there is a God. If this world does admit there is a God, they express their belief in a God that is distant and uncaring, far removed from human affairs. But in this one verse we see a God that is involved in humanity and that He sends people like John the Baptist, and yes you and me too, on a mission. Just a few verses later we see how deeply vested God is in humanity… “The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.”
As education ministers, we have a unique calling. Ultimately, we are about connecting people to God through groups. This is our “missio”. As I approach my ministry this past week, it has come from a sense that being sent by God to accomplish His mission through me… and you!
You are welcome to leave a comment below.
God bless you… you are one of His sent ones!
If you are interested in the 41 Day Challenge of reading through the Gospels chronologically, you can register here. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to download the reading plan.