God's Word: Blessing, not Burden
The universal issue in the Western Christianity today is a lack of devotion to God's Word. This is not a new trend, however there is a relatively new aspect. The information age has brought us a false sense of knowledge. Many believe they are doctors thanks to Google, WebMD, and the Mayo Clinic website. You might laugh but it's true. How many of you go into the doctor's office just to affirm the diagnoses you found on the Internet? The information on your device is not entirely bad, but it does not replace the time, training, and diligence of a doctor.
The real issue is that we put too much faith in our own ability to process the “easy” information we find on the Internet. Likewise, many in the church today are turning to their devices for answers, instead of the Word. Memes and clichéd responses dictate our path. There are many benefits to this information age that should be leveraged for the kingdom of God. However, that is not my point in this post.
Part of the problem is we view the Word as a burden and not a blessing. We believe we are reading the word in order to please God, but this is not the main purpose of the Word. We should go to the Word to see God, to hear from God, not to please Him. He IS pleased to make himself known to us through His Word. Matthew 4:4 “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live off of bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (NIV) All script
ure is God-breathed according to 2 Timothy 3:16, the Word of God gives life and is sufficient for man to live off of. The depth of God's love is not found in a Facebook post or even in this post, but is found in the Word of God.
The church will advance only when the Word is central. The mission of the church is found in the Great Commission (Matt 28:16-20): to make disciples of all nations. This happens when the Word is prayerfully proclaimed. When the church (followers of Christ) turns to anything other than the Word for answers, we are merely placing a Band-Aid on a broken leg.
Relying on self is like trying to hold a large beach ball under the water while in the pool. You might be able to hold the ball under for a while but eventually muscles tire and the ball springs out of the water. Jesus helps us by popping the ball, he says it is finished; you are no longer fighting for victory, you are fighting from a position of victory. Eventually, relying on self brings either pride or despair. If you successfully hold down the ball then you well in pride, but when it springs up you despair. When we fail it goes to our heart and when we succeed it goes to our head. However, when we turn to Christ through His word all life is for His glory! My prayer is God would give you a hunger for His Word; that through His Word you would feast on the richness of His love for you displayed in the Good News of Jesus Christ!