God’s Word. The Bible. The Holy scriptures. Whatever you call it, God has revealed His will for us. He even became flesh in order to physically demonstrate what it means to live it out.
Last night I went to the Northern Convention at the East Church in Inverness, the speaker for the evening sessions is Dr Derek Thomas. During his sermon he challenged the congregation to read 12 Christian books per year, he claimed that if a Christian is able to understand the BBC news and read a newspaper then he ought to be able to read good, solid Christian books. I agree.
One thing that often strikes me is that many Christians have a lack of bible understanding. Is there a shortage of solid bible ministry? In the Highlands of Scotland the answer is categorically no! We have amazing bible teachers. So, we can possibly deduce from that that many Christians just do not commit time to getting to know God’s Word.
If we are disciples, then are we not to be disciplined in reading and grappling with God’s Word? What can be more important? Dr Thomas also urged people to buy books in their local book store! It’s ironic that many Christians go to a Christian book store to buy trinkets rather than books. We will grow in Christ when we press into the lives of those who have obtained excellency in their walk with Christ, through toil and tears they have gleaned much wisdom in the scriptures and are able to share it with those that are meandering along with Christ.
He recommended a book (which my husband bought), called ‘The Mortification of Sin’ by John Owen. He warned that we should only purchase it if we are truly committed to pursuing holiness and willing to be changed. Surely this is the desire of every Christian? We recognise our own sinful states and we cry along with Paul ‘ For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do’ Romans 7 v 15.
If our hope is truly found ‘In Christ Alone’ as we love to sing, why do so many ignore His revealed Word?
If we are called to ‘train up children in the way they should go’ how can we do that if we don’t know what God says about training children.
We can find answers to everything that we are facing in God’s Word and we can grow in wisdom and grace through reading great Christian literature.
A wee challenge to start the day: we all have very busy lives, life is whizzing by…
How many minutes have you spent in studying God’s Word this week?
How many minutes have you spent on social media? Reading newspapers? Watching tv?
The final verse of When I survey the wondrous cross…
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small,
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
God commands that we grow in Christ. Those that seek me with all their heart will find me.