This summer, we are taking a group to LA to visit some church plants. On Wednesdays, as you know, we are working through our BIBS book to allow you to qualify for this FREE trip.
When I was talking to the guys about it on Wednesday, something interesting came to mind. I told them that doing your daily BIBS (daily Bible reading devotional book) is NOT about being a perfect Christian. It’s not even about being a GOOD Christian. It’s not about becoming a Christian, or staying a Christian, or anything like that.
I told them that I don’t expect daily Bible reading to make you a perfect person. That’s not the goal. The goal isn’t necessarily that YOU change. Change can be forced. Change can be faked. Change can be outward.
The MAIN reason for doing daily devotions is because it feeds the spirit. The missions trip is a spiritual trip. It’s a missions trip. It’s a ministry trip. It’s not a vacation, a sight-seeing time, or a trip just for fun. It’s a missions ministry trip. We want to 1) help our church planters, and 2) expose you to inner city church planting. If we’re taking a group of people on a spiritual missions trip, I’d prefer to take spiritual people.
Does that mean you walk around talking about spiritual things all day? Like God and the Bible? Maybe. Actually… no.
Being “spiritual” just means that you feed your spirit. You try to live by the Spirit. That’s it. Feed your spirit, and you are “spiritual.” Read your Bible and pray—and you’ll be feeding your spirit. A spiritual missions trip is about spiritual people doing spiritual work. So don’t expect that two weeks of daily Bible reading with radically transform you into some weirdo who goes around talking about the Greek definition of whatever…
Just be a normal person. But be a spiritual normal person.