Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Word That Lasts Part 2 - Martin Wiles

Anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be great in the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19 NLT

Doing it is a lifetime habit I don’t intend to break.

I’ve been reading the Bible daily since I was a small tike. I suppose my family instilled in me the importance of doing so. With rare exception, we had daily Bible readings. I can remember as an elementary age child, sitting on the top bunk with my Bible in hand. I didn’t always understand it—in part because of the translation I was using, but Dad was glad to explain the words I couldn’t define. 

Memorizing it was also a part of my young life. The church my father pastored encouraged children to participate in sword drills and Bible memorization exercises. Even during my periods of rebellion, I still read God’s Word daily. I still do. 

Jesus said obeying God’s Word was important. I’ve found that to be true. 

I’ve learned disregarding God’s Word will lead to me leaving God out of my daily affairs. God wants to be involved in every detail of my life—the small and the large, the important and the not so important. He wants to give me wisdom for the decisions I have to make and guidance that will see me successfully through life. When I don’t meditate on His Word, it’s easy for me to forget He’s right beside me during my life’s journey.

God’s Word is more than the Bible itself. I don’t worship the book—even though all parts of it are true and crucial to believe. Nor do I worship a particular translation. I worship the One the Book points to, and I use various translations to help me better understand what God is saying. Loving Him is the greatest commandment. When I do, I’ll obey His commands by fleshing them out in my actions. 

Spiritual maturity is built on a lifetime of studying God’s Word. Surveys continue to demonstrate the lack of discipleship among believers. At one time, I was there myself. Though I’ve grown, I still have a long ways to travel. God’s Word gives me the beliefs I need to know, and His Spirit gives me the power to put them into practice.

Commit to spending more time in God’s Word and see the difference it will make.

Prayer: Father, may we always see the importance of Your Word for our lives. 

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