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Friday, December 21, 2018
Daily Devotion: The Leader as a Reader
Bible Reading: II Timothy 4:1-13
Key Verse: Verse 13 - "The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments."
Key Words: and the books
Historians tell us that the books Paul wanted Timothy to bring to him were probably works of Jewish history plus the Old Testament Law and Prophets. Paul was a reader!!
During his imprisonment and shortly before his martyrdom in 1536, William Tyndale wrote to the governor-in-chief asking the following: “A warmer cap, a candle, a piece of cloth to patch my leggings. . . . But above all, I beseech and entreat your clemency to be urgent with the Procureur [sic] that he may kindly permit me to have my Hebrew Bible, Hebrew grammar and Hebrew Dictionary, that I may spend time with that in study.”
The leader who intends to grow spiritually and intellectually must read. A W. Tozier said, “To enjoy a great religious book requires a degree of consecration to God and detachment from the world that few modern Christians have. The early Christian Fathers, the Mystics, the Puritans, are not hard to understand, but they inhabit the highlands where the air is crisp and rarefied, and none but the God-enamored can come. . . . One reason why people are unable to understand great Christian classics is that they are trying to understand without any intention of obeying them.”
Let me encourage you to enjoy a good book but always begin with the Word of God.
What to do:
✞ Read – but not garbage. Read God’s Word and biographies and autobiographies of Godly leaders.
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