Most of you who read this blog are aware that one of the primary leadership initiatives of our General Overseer is “to renew our passion to learn, love, and live Scripture.“
As a result, Dr. Williams has launched an effort to get at least 100,000 Church of God members to commit to reading through the Bible in 2013. As of this writing, 107,000 people have signed up to read through the Bible this year.
Our goal in Virginia is to have at least ten percent of our membership (3,700) to participate in this effort.
The Bible is clear on the many benefits and blessings that come into our lives when we give priority to reading, meditating, and living the Word. (See Joshua chapter 1 as an example).
To participate you can go to www.readinitiative.com and sign up/commit to reading the Bible through this year. While you can certainly read the Bible without having to make a formal commitment through a website, the benefit is that by signing up you automatically receive daily scripture selections via email.
The idea is NOT just that we commit to reading the Bible each day, but the goal is that we R.E.A.D. the scripture:
R -Reflect – you read the word thoughtfully and meditatively. This “reflection” is a part of the progression that leads to action. So you become more than just a “reader” of the Word.
E – Engage – this where you move from reading, and meditating to being influenced by the Word. The influence of the Word begins to impact your daily life.
A- Apply – it is the application of the Word to our lives that releases the power of the Word in our lives. Application leads to transformation.
D- Disciple – in this process of commitment to the Word we truly become disciples of Jesus, not just, church attenders or members. We are influenced by the Word and then we begin to influence others. We as disciples become salt and light.
I want to encourage you to view the R.E.A.D. Initiative as a devotional tool to develop your relationship with Christ. It is motivated by devotion NOT duty.
Finally, this is a great way to prepare for iPray 2013, our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting that begins January 13th.
The word for this season is “Anticipate.” 2013 is going to be a great year!
Together we are partnering together in the Word to build the Kingdom of God.