One thing that I like to do at the end of every year is evaluate how things are going in my walk with Christ. I believe that faithfulness to Christ will always result in personal growth. With that in mind, I like to look back and ask, “How have I grown this year?”
The Bible teaches that we are all a work in progress. The moment we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior was the moment that God began, through His Holy Spirit, to progressively transform us into the image of His Son.
One of the primary tools that He uses to mold and shape us is His Word. So, how is your time in the Bible going? Are you experiencing the soul satisfying pleasure of communing with Jesus through His inerrant Word? I want to help you enjoy your Bible this year by answering two important questions.
What is the Bible?
My favorite description of what the Bible is comes from the Jesus Storybook Bible.
“Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.
Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose), they get afraid and run away. At times, they’re downright mean.
No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne–everything–to rescues the ones he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
You see, the best thing about this Story is–it’s true. There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling on Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.”
The Bible is first and foremost a Story about Jesus! That’s why C.H. Spurgeon says, “From every passage of Scripture there is a road to Christ.”
But what sets the Bible apart from other good books? There are three important characteristics about the Bible that makes it completely unique.
- The Bible is the Word of God (2 Time 3:16-17) – In Theology we call this inspiration. The doctrine of inspiration teaches that the various human authors were supernaturally inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to record the sacred words of Scripture. That’s why the Bible can say, “Thus says the Lord.” It is a God breathed book!
- The Bible is Authoritative (John 17:17) – The Bible isn’t just true, it is THE truth, and therefore the highest authority in life. Wayne Grudem says that “The words in the Bible are God’s words, and therefore to disbelieve or disobey any word in Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.”
- The Bible is Inerrant (Psalm 19:1-7) – Inerrant means that the Bible does not err. It tells the truth concerning everything that it talks about.
What difference will the Bible make in my life?
- The Bible lights the path before you (Psalm 119:105) – This means that you don’t have to walk through life blindly. God’s will for you is clearly revealed in His Word. But will you follow the path, or choose to ignore it? Every time we ignore God’s Word and instructions for our lives it’s like putting a bucket on our head.
- The Bible helps you grow (Isaiah 55:10-11) – God compares His Word to rain. When rain falls upon thirsty plants they GROW. If you feel like a dried up plant in need of rain, then run to God’s Word and let His rain fall upon your life.
- The Bible nourishes your soul (Matthew 4:4) – Do you know what God sees when He sees you? Your soul! What is the condition of your soul? Is it vibrant and glowing, or sickly and gaunt? Jesus invites you to feed your soul by feeding on His Word.
So let me ask again… Are you experiencing the soul satisfying pleasure of communing with Jesus through His inerrant Word? This is your invitation to experience the abundant life by enjoying your Bible.
Watch the sermon on-line: Enjoy Your Bible!
I can relate to hiding my head in a bucket. I don’t want to look at where I’m going and I don’t want to make the changes that the sanctification process requires of me.
For far too long – wandering in the wilderness of sin and hard heartedness – I refused to allow changes. I was stuck in the loop of saved-not save. From the age of 17 when I was baptized to the age of 57 – causing a divorce, hurting many others, living a life style that was not glorifying to God – I began to understand that in order to grow spiritually I had to face the facts of my life, open up to others I trusted and make the changes needed.
I started to take the bucket off my head and not look back!