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Reading the BibleI struggled making this video because it contains strong language. In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus ends his point by saying, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

Here, Jesus isn’t impressed by outward signs. He warned us not to miss what’s most important, intimacy with Him. A true follower does the will of the Father and not their own will (no matter how impressive). We’ll know God’s will by reading His Word, but unfortunately, recent polls suggest a decline in Bible reading.

“While 66% of those surveyed agreed that the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life . . . (57%) read it fewer than five times per year,” (American Bible Society).

“Only 26 percent of Americans said they read their Bible on a regular basis (four or more times a week),” (Religion News Service).

If we want to be known by Jesus, we need to know Him and spend time in his Word.

Jesus will know us as followers as we live a life of obedience, even if we’re not perfect. He’s not looking for perfection or empty demonstrations. Jesus wants a heart that loves Him enough to seek Him minute-by-minute. Our confidence is not in outward signs but in knowing Him intimately.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch this video. I look forward to your thoughts in the comment box below.

Book Recommend:Not a Fan,” by Kyle Idleman

Have a blessed week.

Marisa Shadrick

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Bell, C. K. (2013, April 04). Poll: Americans love the Bible but don’t read it much | Religion

News Service. Religion News Service. Retrieved July 7, 2013, from

Idleman, K. (2013). Not a Fan. Retrieved July 28, 2013, from

State of the Bible | American Bible Society. (2013). State of the Bible | American Bible Society.

Retrieved July 7, 2013, from

The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.

Marisa Shadrick – has written 230 posts on this site.
I serve women with spiritual content to lighten their emotional load and find quiet strength in Jesus Christ. I’ve authored articles in publications such as Charles Stanley’s "In Touch Magazine" and Chicken Soup for the Soul. It's an honor to be welcomed in your inbox! Blessing!

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  • Julie Sunne

    Marisa, you have such a beautiful way of presenting the lessons on video. I love how you presented this verse and encouraged fellow sinners.

  • Marisa Shadrick

    Hi Julie, I often felt like one of God’s little “black” sheep and not so white as snow. The result from self-condemnation, I would run FROM God instead of TO God. It took me a long time to realize God loved me while I spiritually matured. He loves us and quickly forgives our sins.