As I scroll though my newsfeed and twitter feed, and Instagram, I love seeing Bible verses and encouragement, but today as I felt convicted by them and challenged into figuring out what the bible is and is not. And what that means for us.
What the Bible is not:
1.) A rulebook. Full of do's and don’ts that we are to obey or face the wrath. It is not simply our moral checklist.
2.) It is not just biblical principals that you mind just to get ahead in school, or business or whatever. Where we take it and manipulate it for our personal gain.
And the most convicting “what the bible is not” for me…
3.) The bible is also not just a pep talk. This is one that I have seen become more and more apparent in our culture. It’s the verse ofthe day calendar type. And maybe its just the cynical side of me but I find myself laughing at them a lot, because the verses are always super up lifting and encouraging. The coffee mug verses of Jeremiah 29:11 or Philippians 3:14.
Now don’t get me wrong, “I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me” is a true statement! But its just funny because you never flip to the next day and find the 2 Timothy 3:12- “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” You just wont flip the next day over and find that.
Philippians 4:19 “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Which again, is a true statement. But why don’t we find 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils”
But so often that how we come at the bible, as a little bit of wisdom or a pep talk. That’s why more and more people are substituting a devotional book or an app for the actual bible! It becomes, we read a tweet about the bible, or an instagram about the bible, or an email about the bible with a little snippet of a verse but we aren’t actually reading the bible anymore. Because we are coming at it as a pep talk. And we pick and choose, ignoring the vast story of what its about and we turn it into a few nice words to help you get though the day.
We need to read it as what it is. Life with God. We need to come at The Scriptures as a vehicle in which we meet with our Creator and Savior, Jesus. It’s for you to read and pray and know and be known by the God that cares and sympathies with you. With the God that spoke the words on those pages and the God that speaks to you though them.
When you understand what the Bible is, it becomes a place in which everyday you meet with God.