Do you wish you enjoyed the Bible more? Maybe you need to fall in love with the Author because when you love the Author, it’s a joy to read His words to you.
Taken from my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate, this brief excerpt will help you fall in love with the Living Word, Jesus. [inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Discover several specific reasons to get excited about the Living Word.[/inlinetweet]
Falling in Love with the Living Word
The Word is more than a book; the Word is a Person, Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John opens with this explanation: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness” (John 1:1, 14). The Word of God existed since the beginning of time. The Word was God and He became flesh and lived among us: Jesus.
Jesus told the educated Jewish crowd: “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life” (John 5:39-40). Life is found in Christ, not in the Scriptures. I’m not just talking about eternal life, but abundant life. Jesus also said, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10) or in the New American Standard Bible this verse reads, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Jesus gives us abundant life.[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Once we fall in love with the Living Word, the written Word will come alive.[/inlinetweet] The Bible is a dynamic document: “For the word of God is alive and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12). That’s why you can read a passage dozens of times and suddenly see something you never noticed before—something profound and life-changing that has been hiding in plain sight all your Christian life. As your life experiences changed, the Word came alive in a new way to meet your need. The Word of God interacts with your life in dynamic ways. That makes me want to read the Bible all the more to see what new insight will jump off the page at me today.
The Word of God is full of living power—resurrection power. Paul wrote, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:19-20). The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to work in your life. How could you not be excited about that?
God will meet your needs and answer your questions in unexpected ways, and perhaps in some unexpected places like Leviticus. Some things will make you go: Hmm. Other things will excite you, fill you with gratitude, or intrigue you so you have to follow your curiosity to study a little deeper. As you gain more exposure to the Word, there will be fewer and fewer sections that seem difficult and boring. Aren’t you excited about that?
–Christy Bower, Sweeter Than Chocolate, page 21.
The Bible can be a dry, lifeless book until you approach it as the Living Word, capable of more than you can imagine in your life. Our attitudes and expectations can hinder our relationship with God. In the book, I discuss specific attitudes that either hinder or help us in approaching the Bible. For now, let’s brainstorm about what attitudes might help or hinder.
What attitudes, in general (not necessarily yours), can hinder or help someone in experiencing the Bible more fully?
Sweeter Than Chocolate: Developing a Healthy Addiction to God’s Word
This post is part of the Virtual Book Fair: Christian Authors A to Z. See the list of other authors featured in the Virtual Book Fair.