What do you do with your Bible?

Jan-Hein Staal

More than 100 million Bibles are sold worldwide annually. Naturally, the first question is: How many of these Bibles are actually read? And to make it even more personal: What does the Bible mean in your and my life?

What do we do with our Bible? More importantly: What should our Bible do with us?

Psalm 119 tells us a lot about the purpose of the Bible, the Word of God, in our life.

Psalm 119:9: “How can a young man cleanse his way?” What an important question! The very concrete answer comes straight afterwards: “By taking heed according to Your word.” All kinds of choices need to be made in our day-to-day lives.  Do we read our Bible to seek wisdom, to find the compass for our life there? Only then we can keep our path pure.

The Bible: a lamp and a light

Psalm 119:105 compares the Bible to a lamp: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” 

No one starts walking on an unknown, narrow path with all kinds of twists and turns and danger, at night and in pitch darkness. It’s extremely dangerous! Do you and I understand how much more important a lamp to our feet and a light to our path is when it concerns our way through this life?

Jesus uses the picture of a sower. “The seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:11. The word is sown in our heart when we read or hear it. Then Jesus goes on to explain that we have to work very consciously on keeping God’s word in a noble and good heart. In all those different circumstances and trials of our daily life. Because if we believe the word then, and obey what is written, then that word starts bearing fruit in us and determines our whole life.

God`s Word in your life

Paul writes two letters to the young Timothy. He stresses how incredibly important it is that the word does a work in Timothy.

1 Timothy 4:16: “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”

Timothy wasn’t given any instructions as to how he could preach more brilliantly about the Bible. Paul says, “Timothy, compare your life to the word of God. And not just for one day or one week. Endure and continue doing so. Because then the word of God will do a work of salvation in you. And your words will also work to the others’ salvation.”

2 Timothy 3:15-17: “…and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Are your and my Bibles really being read among all those millions of Bibles that are sold every year? Do we believe that our Bible is the word of God and that we can find light and strength and wisdom for life in it? What do we do with our Bible? More importantly: what does our Bible do with us?

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