We all follow or are influenced by different peoples' words. It might be a blogger, an author or a reporter that we like to read. It might be a preacher or a radio personality or podcaster we like to listen to. It might be a youtuber or a late night talk show host or a reality TV host that we like to watch. We are all influenced by different peoples' words.
In a new study by Pew Research, Americans are reading a mean average of 12 books per year, and the typical (median) American has read four books in the past 12 months. And this has largely been the case since 2011, proving that Americans aren't dropping their reading habits. And since 2012, a total of 74 percent of Americans have read at least one book in the past 12 months — not exactly bookworm levels, but much less scary than most stats would have us believe.
Many people love to read. Many of us read, listen to and follow all kinds of different thinkers. My question for you is: Are you reading and following the words of Jesus? You know, the RED LETTERS in your Bible. Last week we started the RED LETTER CHALLENGE at church. We’re spending 40 Days consuming the Words of Jesus. We are spending 40 Days studying, focusing on and putting into action in our lives the Words of Jesus.
We read books, articles and magazines but do we, as Christians, read the Words of Jesus? Do we know the Words of Jesus? We say we believe the Bible but many Christians have never read the whole Bible or even close to the whole Bible.
Psalm 119:115 says “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” God’s word is to be our guide as Christians.
When our kids were little we often told them to “use their words” if they were getting frustrated with a sibling so they wouldn’t just hit each other. Words are powerful. Words are important. The Words of Jesus are the most important words ever for us to know and follow.
May we be people who know and follow the Words of Jesus.
Pastor Chad Starfeldt was installed at Shepherd of the Hills in June of 2012.