Last words

These aren’t my last words. As far as I know. I’m planning to write 300 more tomorrow, and 300 more the day after that. I have every expectation of having many more opportunities for reflection.

But what if I don’t? What if this is my last chance to lay out a framework for thinking, or a suggestion of next steps for growing in faith?

Read Matthew 5-7 to learn how Jesus laid out the way of living for the Kingdom of God.

Read John 13-17 to see what Jesus thought was important to get his followers through the horror of his death. Then read it again to see how it would encouragement them after they knew that his death was real but not permanent,

Read Nehemiah as if it were the last book of the Old Testament, giving a glimpse into the life of a God follower before Jesus came, and to understand how hard is it to be good just by making promises. And read it to get a summary of the history of the Jewish people.

Read 2 Timothy to hear how one old man felt about his own life: about his work as a mentor, his work as a leader, and his legacy.

Read Psalm 51 to learn how to acknowledge wrongdoing, and Psalm 55 to hear how one man felt attacked and betrayed by a friend and lost and tormented and yet was able to find a sense of hope.

Read Philippians to learn that there are no promises of an easy life, but there is confidence that there can be a worthwhile pursuit in life.

Read Malachi to understand that you aren’t the first to notice that religious leaders are arrogant and irresponsible. God is fully aware. And displeased.

Then read Mark to get the story of Jesus, God’s response, very quickly.

 

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.