Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bible reading

I haven't really put anything up for Bible reading yet. I am doing it, I just haven't really had a chance to really write anything on this site about it to this time. There is a group of guys that started up a blog of reading the New Testament together that I am starting to get back on track. I stopped doing anything over the summer, just as I did with running and most of the other things that I was consistent in last year. I can't share this blog with the masses (all 4 of you that actually read this blog), because it is not all my work and we haven't really shared it publicly. What I can do is to include some of my posts into this blog to share with those of you that do read. As of right now, I am in Mark 10. I will share posts that I think are pertenant to others, some of the posts might not really be that interesting, or I don't want to share them, those I will keep to myself and the group of guys. Here is what I wrote for Mark 10:

Looking at verses 17 - 31, the part that talked about giving up all of your possessions to follow Christ, it looks hard. The only thing that I thought of that this would be possible would be in the field of missions. This would be where you would need to uproot yourselves and to relocate with the purpose of ministry. Is this the only way in which you could follow these scriptures to the letter of the law? I'm not going to sell my house, quit my job, and to constantly look for people to share Christ with, I don't think that is what God is asking me to do at this point. Not needing to get into the debate of how literal to take the bible, I was just curious how a guy living in the suburbs with his family could do this. I tithe, I go to church, I know I could do better ministering to those around me, but how can I put these verses to action?

5 comments:

Tyler said...
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Tyler said...

I think I am going to start writing again on the blog. I think the accountability will help.

Eric said...

It sure does make you much more accountable to each chapter you read.

Matt Weis said...

What about a short-term missions trip to Bloomington, IN?

Mike Moore said...

That is a tough question Eric. I think you could give up all your possessions and not be following Christ. It would be a less faithful act to sell your house and quit your job. But I think there are great ways to give up possessions in the context you are living. I know you and Mel are thrifty and uber generous. I think the challenge is to first ask, wherever you are, am I following Christ or my possessions? Or another way to put it, "what possess me, Christ or my things?"