Imagine that my family goes on a mission trip together and we have a young married couple come and house sit for us. Before we leave I give them a notebook with 10 to 12 pages of fairly detailed instructions for taking care of the house and the pets. I tell them when to water the plants. I write out where to find the food for the cat and how much food to give it. I remind them to get the mail. I explain the trash day is early on Thursday morning. I inform them that the downstairs toilet overflows and clearly state where the shut-off valve is just in case. When I give them the notebook the couple commits to doing what it says. Now I want you to imagine I come back and all the plants are dead. The garbage if full of trash. The toilet has been overflowing for days and the basement is flooded. Then i look in the backyard and there is a little grave site where the cat has been buried. Then the couple who has been house sitting comes up and explains how helpful the notebook was. In fact, they have memorized certain sections and I can see where they have highlighted different areas. They inform me that they went over parts of the notebook every night before going to bed. What am I going to say? I’m going to say, “Away from me, you evildoers!” They may have spoken words of commitment, but there is no evidence that those words meant anything.
– Kyle Idleman
Moral of this story? It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read the Bible from front to back, it doesn’t matter how many passages you have highlighted or how many scriptures you have memorized. If God’s Word never goes past your mind and into your heart and then turns into action then it’s pointless. God doesn’t want you to just read His Word, He wants you to live by it.
Today… don’t let the Bible just be a great book of advice that you never follow. Don’t let it be a book that you are great at reading but are not so great at living by.
Let it be the Word that transforms your life. The way you talk. The way you talk. The way you see. The way you treat others. The way you face today.
Be blessed! –Anna… ♥
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