We can fall into the trap of emphasizing one part of discipleship over another. There was a time when disciples read God’s Word to obtain not only knowledge, but stability in tumultuous times. Today it seems as if, because of our technological age, that folks have become more apt to open their computers and click on various insights given by popular authors in order to form their opinions on certain biblical truths. Nothing can usurp God’s Word!! NOTHING! God’s Word is its best own commentary. I recently read an article written about why bible reading is down in the church. One of the main reasons less people are reading the bible today is because folks have a tendency to read it in fragments. If I read a passage of scripture to merely prove my point, I’ve missed the point. A second reason less people are reading God’s Word is because too often it’s seen as ONLY historical literature. Although the bible is a history book it’s so much more! It is living…it is alive…it is our true north! A third reason the author sites for a lack of biblical reading is that too often folks read it in isolation. God’s Word is to be enjoyed with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. There’s nothing greater than the warm, satisfying fellowship of sitting down to a gourmet meal of Psalms, Proverbs or one of the Gospels in the presence of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Our up and coming study through The Story promises to be a delightful treat! I pray that each of you will see the privilege of joining us in our bible study of The Story. Be not merely readers of His Word…be doers and do so in the presence of your brothers and sisters!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.