Yesterday, the pastor at our church gave a sermon on how God changes us. I have eaten lunch with him once but we didn’t get around to talking about my passion for discipleship and spiritual growth. So I was greatly pleased that yesterday’s sermon was on spiritual formation.
In the sermon, he told a story about a pastor who read the same passage from Philippians every day for a year and how the exercise drastically changed his life. Because, as our pastor explained, there is one truth but many applications of scripture. He challenged us to pick a passage out of Philippians and read the same passage every day for the next week. He guaranteed that we will see change in our lives.
I have chosen Philippians 4:4-8. By only choosing five verses I give my self a way to meditate on a verse a day for the next five days. This morning, the verse is “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.” As a person who doesn’t always appreciate the worship aspect of the faith, this is a verse that convicts me and has me seeking God’s help in learning how to rejoice and rejoice always.
You don’t have to be a member of our church to take this challenge. Join me in reading Philippians 4 everyday for the next week. The pastor guaranteed change, let’s see if he is right.