You remember back in middle school when your day would be going so well until one of your teachers would state this infamous phrase and declare it a homework assignment: “…Oh yes! Before I forget, I want a report on the book we’ve been discussing in class and it will be due this upcoming Monday.” Shortly after the statement, the teacher would dismiss class and he or she would plaster a smile of great joy on their face because they had completed their goal of the day- which was to make their students life a nightmare. Oh the agony! A huge sigh would escalate around the entire room and students would mumble how they couldn’t stand that teacher and they couldn’t wait to graduate. Fast forward a few years later, and even today we find ourselves in similar situations. Whether it be at school or work, we are always being tested or asked to do something that we do not want to do, but it must be done or we will not receive the benefits. This my friends is very similar to the Bible.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)
Just as the scripture states the Bible is very powerful and strong; it is even sharper than any sword. It’s purpose is to shed light into your life and speak the TRUTH and oh yes whether you like to admit it or not, the truth hurts. Not everything you read in it will you understand and not everything you do understand will you like. For it is meant to strip you clean and make you whole again.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT)
So just like that middle school teacher whom we all could not stand, we were still able to make it through their class right? And when we turned in that book report, although we did not want to do it, when we saw that golden star on our paper, we just couldn’t wait to show our parents. You see, throughout the word of God you will likely run across scriptures you do not like and commandments you just can’t get down with. Take Luke 6:27 which reads … love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Now I don’t know about you, but when I first began to get closer to God and meditate on His Word, this scripture was a hard pill for me to swallow. Talk about prayer, that is all I would do! After being manipulated by friends and back stabbed by people who I had given my heart to, I didn’t know how in the world I’d be able to forgive them, better yet love them. It took sometime, but slowly and surely God changed my heart.. like seriously- no longer did I have hate or malice against my enemies but my heart reached out to them. I wanted God to move into their lives and connect them closer to Him.
This my friends is why it is soooo important to get into the word of God. The time that we are living in today is crazier than ever, but with God’s Word He will truly keep us from falling. If you truly desire Christ in your life, but can’t seem to find for Him ask Him for His help. Yes classes, homework, jobs, extracurricular activities can get in the way, but we must remember that we wouldn’t have been able to even get to that stage in our lives without Christ, so He at least deserves a portion of our time EVERY DAY! I promise you if you start off with a willing mind and open heart to just follow Christ and do as His Word says you life will change for the better. How do I know might you ask? I am a living witness. Grace and Peace.
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen. (Jude 1:24-25 NLT)
Dee-1 – I’m Not Perfect (I’m A Christian)