2016 : Depths

It is the season for bloggers to list their favorite books of the year, and as I reflected on the books I finished in 2015 I was actually underwhelmed by the number. There were some magnificent books I read this year, most have been shared here, but I had higher exceptions for the volume of my reading. I was convinced being a lead pastor would open up the old schedule for more reading, and it has, just not what the type of reading I thought.

Truth is, I did read a lot more than in years past, but it was the Bible that consumed more of my time. Now, I am not touting my daily reading as if I am a better disciple than you. I have been in environments where checking a daily task off the list was meant to make you feel more Christian and that is just silly. But rather than a task to be accomplished the Bible has become a deep to be explored. Not only in sermon preparation but in devotional study and meditation, the gospel revealed on every page of Scripture has increasingly comforted and given me resolve to pursue Jesus.

To that end, in 2016 I will be writing a daily devotional to help me see more of Jesus and to encourage you with the depths of the gospel of grace. That's what we will call it, Depths. Think of it as a vast mining the depths of the goodness of God in Christ.

The Apostle Peter wrote this about these depths: "Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look." (1 Peter 1:10-12 ESV)

Generations of prophets, those tapped into God's voice, searched for it and even more stunning, angels long to gaze at its brilliance. Why not us as well? Why not determine to swim deep to see the glory of Christ and be renewed by it? I want this. And maybe you do too.

Beginning January 1, you can follow along with the daily posts on Medium, and I will occasionally share the devotions here. I will be roughly following the Robert Murray M'Cheyne reading plan hearing the good news in all of the Bible. I hope you find it worthwhile if you follow along and I pray that 2016 is a year of being awakened to the depths of God's love for you in Christ.


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