36“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John 5:36-40
Every Thursday morning, I meet up with five other pastors in Starbucks, with the objective of working our way through the Old Testament. This week we shared what the Lord had spoken to us from Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. It’s tough because we all have to be disciplined to ensure we have read the books we’ve set ourselves, or else we have nothing to share. That discipline is good but it can just become legalism with no LIFE in it. Honestly, some weeks it has been very hard to keep on reading and listening. We’ve been saved from that by three things. Firstly the overwhelming humour with which we meet. Over the months we have been meeting our respect and love for one another has grown as we gather around God’s Word. Secondly, the way in which invariably we are impacted, challenged and encouraged by what we share. We’re not preparing to preach these passages- we’re seeking His Word, for what He wants to speak into our hearts, minds and lives. It is always good, and inspires us to keep going. Thirdly, we are learning to persevere to the finish, something which many of us struggle with.
I wonder if some of you are finding it tough to keep going? Perhaps that’s because it simply feels like a legalistic chore. It helps to understand that the words give much-needed life to us weary souls. Why not share regularly what the Lord is giving you with someone who is also doing B2Y? You might be surprised how much encouragement comes from that. Whatever you do, don’t give up just yet. Keep going!
Rector, St Silas’ Church