Thanks for joining us on this journey of building a consistent habit of reading our Bibles every day. The Bible reading plan we are using this year can be found here: One Year Bible or here on the Bible app. As always, if you miss a day, don’t feel compelled to go back and catch up. Just skip it and start back on today’s date. I am reading the NLT this year, but feel free to use whatever version you prefer. Now here are some thoughts from today’s readings:
“Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news.”
- Mark 7:36 NLT
Jesus keeps telling people not to say anything about where He is, Who He is, or what He’s doing. But the more He says not to spread it, the more it spreads! I think maybe this was intentional on Jesus’ part. He very well may have felt that if you tell people NOT to do something, it’s going to make make them want to do it all the more. It may have been one of the first grassroots marketing campaigns on record (and the great of all time).
Could we do the same thing in the Church today? Possibly, but here is the key: do we have something worth telling people not to talk about? If we told our Church people not to tell others about what God is doing in our Churches, what would that be? What is God doing in our Churches? Is it something they’d be so full of excitement over that they couldn’t hold themselves back from talking? If not, this kind of tactic may backfire on you. First you have to have something worth talking about, then worry about how to get the word out. You may find it easier than you think once you actually have a good secret to keep!
What is God doing at your Church? What can you do to help lead your Church to a place where God is going something or something greater?