Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Living in the Word!

I am afraid that something has been lost in many of our churches today. We claim to be followers of Christ yet we are all to quick to brush aside the one true Word of God. Instead we tend to rely greatly on the catechism our hymnals and Bible Story Books. While these are great tools they should never replace the Bible. Sometimes I wonder what Martin Luther would be thinking if he were alive today. He worked so hard to get the Bible into the hands of every day people yet we don't use them in our churches. Instead we rely on overhead screens and pamphlets that have God's word imprinted on them. At the end of the service these pamphlets are tossed into the trash and the screen is turned off leaving us to wander in darkness until the next Sunday. Is this what God wanted so many years ago when he gave the men the words to write. I hardly think so. When we do not have our pastors and elders of the church standing before us humbly reading Gods word from the Bible in it's entirety it is telling us that it is not important that we also open the Word of God. It is a struggle every day to be disciplined enough to read, listen and learn from God's word. We need good examples to lead and encourage us to stay active. What will happen if one day our Bibles, hymnals etc. would be stripped from our hands. Would we know the Word well enough to pass it down to our children and their children? Or would the Word be lost with its pages? When was the last time you followed along in your Bible while the lessons were being read in Church? When was the last time you opened your Bible to read one of the Bible truths to your children? When was the last time you sat down and read in order to hear wat God has planed for you? I ask the Lord to forgive me for not being as faithful as I should be in reading his Word and I ask him to help me to stay avtive. I don't wan't to be like the virgions who were not prepared when the bride groom came. They let their lamps go out. They were not prepared for what was to come. They did not know when he would come and they were not ready. Just like we don't know when the Lord will return for no one knows the day or the time. Yet we must be ready the Lord tell us this. Now for the trick can you tell me where he says this. I am looking for the book of the Bible, chapter and the verses. Remember we are our childrens greatest teachers let us set the example for how they should live their lives. Get in the Word!

4 comments:

Mrs. B said...

Amen. Amen. and Amen.
Excellent post, Melissa!
May God bless you and your family abundantly, each and every day . . .

Mrs. B

Nana Porcupine said...

VERY VERY TRUE! The refrence you are looking for is found in Mark 13 verse 32": But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
I wanted to give everyone a chance before I gave the answer.

Melissa Sutton said...

Very good but what about the ten virgins? Where is that found? Oh yes and as you can see everyone is just jumping at the opportunity to comment on this post! Perhaps they are all in deep meditative thought!

Nana Porcupine said...

Ah Ha! The Parable of the Ten Virgins Matthew 25 verse 1-13. What good adviceor rather command! Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. The concordance at the bottom of my Bible said these lamps or torches had to have the oil replentished about every 15 minutes or so!