The smell of Barnes and Noble always get me. As I walk through the giant double doors I and am captivated by the brilliance of so many different things. I always first recognize the aroma of freshly printed penned pieces of the intellectual world screaming at me for attention. The smell lingers during my entire shopping visit. I always notice the giant down-filled comfy chairs that look so inviting. They always call to me as if to say, “drop what you are doing and relax.” Rarely do I have time to sit, however, the invitation is always welcomed. I see different shoppers intently gaining the information they came to glean while standing in the aisles. I notice the perfectly organized shelves, of which I am always worried when I take a book out I will mess up. Some of the most brilliant, creative minds in history are all stored in a single place. It moves me.
Yesterday, I had such a visit. I was intently looking for the perfect gift to bestow upon my brother. He is going to be ordained by his church this weekend, and I needed something to give him to commemorate this huge honor. As I left, I began to think…
Out of all the authors of the books represented in Barnes and Noble, only one of the books they sell has stood the test of time. Only one of the books have changed lives for eternity. Only one of the books sold, was written by the very God that created intellect. Only one…the Bible. It amazes me the humans that don’t believe the Bible and it’s entirety. It amazes me the amount of people that change the meaning of the scriptures to suite their own agenda. It shocks me when leaders in our Christian community can take advantage of the life-giving message and tweak it for their own marketing advantage, or to deepen their pockets. When we go to buy a self-help book, the reality is we only need one. I fear that bible-study as old fashioned as it may sound has somehow gone by the wayside in our country. We are no longer seeking God through His word, we are now depending upon other peoples knowledge and interpretation of it.
Almost everyday even after studying Gods word for many years I find new nuggets of wisdom that I never knew before. The choice is up to you. Do you need another self-help book, or do you need the Bible?
John 1:1 tell us this:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
We call the Bible God’s word for a reason. It is His penned natural word brought to us through His servants. If you want to know exactly what God thinks, study His word. It will take discipline, it will take time away from your reality shows, and even your favorite activity of the day, but it will give you wisdom beyond your years, and discretion beyond your own dimension.
2 Timothy 3:15-16 validates my message today,
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate equipped for EVERY GOOD WORK.
THE SUCCESS OF YOUR CALLING DEPENDS ON YOUR studying.