Time is a gift isn’t, it? A precious, limited, irretrievable gift. We’ll never have the chance to relive today. Or reclaim lost or wasted minutes and hours. Which is why it’s so important to spend it well, especially in these last times. As Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
The days are evil. Most nations live in some kind of armed conflict. More and more people face greater poverty and hunger, and slavery in the world continues to increase. So the question that comes is: In such a time as this, how should we spend our time? What should we do with our days and our life?
With my own increasing responsibilities, and decreasing energy as I age, I find it’s ever more important to make time count and spend it as God would want.
And that’s why I started a new blog, which I know sounds counter productive. Let me explain!
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil, Hebrews 5:11-14.
We should be teachers, but we still need teaching. We should be into the deeper things of God, but we still haven’t gotten the basic principles. And Paul says to us, “Though we have much to say about this, it’s hard, because you’ve become dull of hearing.”
Do you feel like those words are spoken to you?
I do, and I’m sick of milk! Tired of a milk-filled life, milk-driven life, in what seems like a Christianity becoming, for the most part, ever more frivolous. And in the midst of it all, I feel God saying to me, through Paul, “You still need milk, not solid food.”
If I were to ask you a few fairly simple questions about the Word, what would your answers be?
- What is the main theme of the letter to the Colossians?
- The main theme of the book of Obadiah?
- Why are 4 gospels included in the Scriptures?
Like me, do you hem and haw a bit in your answers? Then we haven’t really moved on to solid food, have we?
The Lord has convicted me personally of spending a lot of time on blogs. Both writing them, and reading them. And though both can be worthy and worthwhile endeavors, I don’t want to invest my time on them unless it’s helping me grow. And that’s what brought about the birth of Bible Spotlight, which will essentially be my personal Bible study journal. Because I’m tired of hemming and hawing, and I’m sick of milk.
So without further ado, let me extend an invitation to Bible Spotlight — Illuminating the Bible and Bible Times.
Bible Spotlight is a compilation of reflections, devotionals, and stories that examine the Bible and its background — for helping us grow in knowledge, truth, grace, and wisdom. Join me if you too are sick of milk, and together we’ll become skilled in the word of righteousness and discernment, through the training of constant practice!
We’ll keep Mission Italia mainly as a blog on missionary life and what God is doing in Italy, along with practical ministry tips and ways of reaching out. We’ll also continue with our ministry updates, so we ask you to please stay tuned. We need and count on your prayers here!
As always, our only goal is to bless and encourage. Thanks for your continued love and support!
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