Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan


After finishing The Zombie Survival Guide, I decided to read Pilgrim’s Progress.  What can I say?  I have strange reading habits.

John Bunyan wrote this book in the 1600’s.  The story is a classic, because the lessons found in this book are applicable even to this day.

The main character is Christian.  He felt convicted by the Word of God, so Christian leaves his hometown, family, friends, and everything he owns behind to find peace, forgiveness, and release from his burdens.  He begins his journey to the Celestial City on Mount Zion.

While traveling, Christian meets other pilgrims.  He finds some of them to be helpful and encouraging.  However, he also encounters people that try to discourage him from his journey.

Christian also faces various attacks, trials, and tribulations.  He struggles to pass through the Valley of the Shadow of Death and the Slough of Despond.

At times, Christian stumbles and wanders off of the path to the Celestial City.  In spite of all that happens to him and in spite of his own mistakes, Christian is determined.  He never surrenders.

In the end, Christian completes his journey and arrives at the Celestial City.

Become the Greatest of All


In Matthew 20:26-28, Jesus was telling his disciples how to be great in His kingdom.  Jesus defines greatness and leadership in a way that is contrary to what we normally see in the world.

According to Jesus, having power or privilege is not what makes you great.  Being able to force others to obey you and serve you, does not make you great.

What makes a person great in the Kingdom of God?  Jesus tells us that to be great, to be a leader in His Kingdom, we must be willing to serve.  We must also have an attitude of humility.

It’s our willingness to humble ourselves and serve others that will make us great people and great leaders in this world and in the Kingdom of God.


The Sower and the Seed

The parable of the sower and the seed is found in Matthew 13:1-23.  It is about a sower who went out to spread seeds.  In the parable the seeds represent the word of God.

Some of the seeds fell on the path and was eaten by the birds.  When someone hears the word and doesn’t understand it, the word is snatched away from them.

Some of the seeds fell on rocky ground.  The plants grew, but without soil the roots were weak and the plants died.  Sometimes people hear the word and accept it.  However, they have no roots, so when times are hard they fall away from the word.

Other seeds fell among thrones which destroyed the plants as they tried to grow.  People that hear the word, but are more concerned with the priorities of the world are lost to the worries of the world.

Lastly, some seeds fell on good soil and they produced a harvest.  The good soil represents people that hear the word, understand it, and follow the teaches of it.  They bear good fruit and live as disciples of Jesus Christ.


One thing I have noticed in my life and in the lives of others, is we are not destined to remain in one of those locations.  We can change how we receive the word of God.

If you lack understanding, spend time studying the Bible.

If you lack a good root system, spend time with other disciples and get involved with a church that prioritizes the making of disciples, so your root system can grow stronger.

If you tend to prioritize the worries of the world above your spiritual life, then spend time considering what is truly important to you and how your priorities effect your life.

If you are the good soil, don’t get comfortable.  Continue to spend time studying the Bible, so you can continue to grow and produce more fruit.


Make Rest a Priority

In Matthew 11:20-12:21, we learn Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath and he wants to offer rest for our weary souls.  All we need to do is follow Jesus.

Rest is often undervalued in our society.  There is so much to do at work, at school, and our options for entertainment are phenomenal.  Granted entertainment is fun, but it can also prevent us from getting the rest we need.

Jesus offers us spiritual rest.  We can trust in his acceptance and forgiveness.  He invites us to destress our souls and spend quite time with him in worship, prayer and meditation.  He wants to help us overcome our anxieties and our fears.

We know rest is important and we know the consequences of not getting enough rest.

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of disease
  • Decreased ability to function
  • Decreased ability to focus
  • Anxiety
  • Increased aggression

Make rest a priority in your life and you will notice the difference.