Nearly 100 Christian publishing companies in the U. S. continue to release between a handful and several dozen new titles every year. We can collect insightful volumes on a host of topics to fill our time and book shelves, yet as beneficial as reading great books can be, it cannot guarantee godliness. For example, I saw Neal Anderson’s book The Bondage Breaker in the home of a relative who is quite deceived and who treats his wife with utter contempt.
As I read these few verses in 1 John I was impressed with how concise the command and purpose of our life is: believe in Jesus, love, and obey. Our fast-paced culture is cluttered with distractions and it’s a challenge to remain in close and constant fellowship with Christ. It’s no wonder love often grows as cold as a cup of forgotten tea. Do we need to acquire books more than we need to allow Jesus to capture our gaze? It’s sad to see folks who try so hard to obey without the motivation of a grateful heart reflecting God’s holy love.
Hebrews 10: 19 – 39:
Endure conflict and suffering for Christ since
Near is the Day of the Lord, and
Destruction is certain for those in
Unbelief who insult the Spirit of Grace. The
Righteous will live by faith and
Approach God with confidence because of a
New and Living Way which Christ inaugurated. With a
Clear conscience and unwavering hope, let us
Encourage each other to love and good deeds.