Hello everyone. What I say to you right now is not to glorify myself(trust me this man speaking to you ain’t perfect), but as encouragement. I would like to thank my pastor who gave me this awesome idea because people like me need a nice reminder to spend some time with Christ.
Each day we should seek to take one hour with Christ. You could start off by going down on your knees to speak with Him. As I’ve learned, there is something a little more humbling about being on your knees to pray. When I’m on my knees I feel as though I am truly surrendering, especially when I know I messed up. It doesn’t have to just be confession time, make it also a time to praise Him, to be thankful, and ask that He be with someone else rather than just you.
After communication go ahead and fetch a Bible, or if you’re more up to date, tap the Bible app on your phone; tablet; or iPad. Get yourself a notebook.Grab a pen or pencil. Where will you be in turning to in the Bible, you ask. You will begin with the book of Matthew.
Since chapter 1 is a genealogy, you can read both chapter 1 and 2 for a little more insight. At least that is what I did. Read one chapter per day. When you eventually finish Matthew, continue on with the book of Mark. After that comes Luke, and then the final gospel- John. Hopefully by the end of the year you have succeeded reading through the four gospels of Jesus.
Now comes your handy dandy notebook. As you read or after you read a chapter, in your notebook, write and or answer this question: “What does this tell me about my Friend/Savior Jesus?” Your response does not have to be in paragraph form. Bullet points are acceptable. Remember it is your journal.
Once you’ve written down what you’ve learned, it’s time then to write a letter to Jesus. Write to Him about what you have learned about Him. If you feel like sharing more with Him than just what you read then please go right ahead. Prayer requests are always appropriate. Once you’ve gotten everything out in your letter, proceed to write yourself back as if you were Jesus Christ himself. If you were the Son of God/Son of Man, what would you say in response to your message? You do not have to share your journal entries with anyone. Just like your prayers you may keep them between you and Christ.
I don’t always do this everyday, and I regret the days I’m too tired; busy; or in my feelings to do so. But when I do make the time I always feel good as I’m jotting down what I’ve learned about my friend. Understanding His nature. Learning the deeper meaning of His parables. Knowing why He did what He did for a bunch of people, some of which want nothing to do for Him.
Give an hour of your time with Christ each day, and I guarantee you that you will learn not only His character, but also reflect on your own and how you can better yourself.
Thank you for reading, and God Bless!!!