A Sin You May Be Hiding

Keith’s sermon yesterday really caused me to consider the things in my life that I’ve been content to let slip. I hope it did something similar to you. If you didn’t get the chance to hear it, I recommend it highly (you can podcast it on iTunes…http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=73801297…or check out our website and find it there…www.thecrossingchurch.com).

As Keith mentioned, most of us, if we’re being self-reflective and honest at all, probably came up with 3 or 4 plus sins that we’ve become content with. I was not any different.

But one that creeps in to my life regularly is this: spending time reflecting upon and learning God’s Word becomes less and less of a priority.

So many other things seem more important on a daily basis…yet they clearly are not. Working out, resting, email, etc. All good things. But are they really more important than God’s Word?

A passage like this one expresses what I wish my heart felt, but doesn’t most of the time (Psalms 119:97-104):

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.

How often does your heart feel that way? How often do you long for God’s word like that? I longed to play golf at Eagle Knoll this morning. I long to be a father. But do I long for God’s Word that way right now, at this moment? Not really. And that’s not right.

Here are a few resources that have helped me in the past, that I’m committing to enlist once again. Maybe they’ll help you too (all of these are found in our bookstore…and they’re as cheap as you’ll find them anywhere).

Bible/Devotional Reading:

ESV Study Bible – We talk about this a lot at The Crossing. So I apologize…actually no, I don’t. It’s just such a wonderful resource. The free online bible that comes with it is a tremendous resource as well.


Morning & Evening – A classic by Charles Spurgeon. Morning and evening reflections and devotions from God’s word. Great a hundred years ago. And still great today.

Pierced by the Word & Life as a Vapor – Two small devotional books by John Piper. Clear, short, saturated with Scripture. Each entry is generally 4 pages or less.

Prayer:

Face to Face & Handbook to Prayer – Two prayer books from Kenneth Boa. I’ll be honest, I’ve not used Handbook at all, and only used Face to Face some. But they’re recommended highly by people older than me. Which is why they made it into our bookstore as well.

Scripture Memorization:

Verse Card Maker – Here’s a website that I stumbled upon that allows you to make customized memory cards. Full disclosure: I haven’t used it yet, but it looks pretty neat.

We also have memory packets in the bookstore as well.

One more note. Make time for this. Make a commitment to bookmark off 15 minutes, 45 minutes, whatever, out of your day for something this vital to your life as a Christian. If you’re like me, if you don’t do it in the morning, you rarely do it. Some of you aren’t that way. Check out Rachel’s recent blog and comments for a little more perspective on this.

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