The Bible – What’s In It For Me?

Have you ever had a day (or a month) when the cares of life weighed heavy around your neck? Yes? I’ve been there too. And I’m sure most of you would agree with me that you found comfort and strength in the Word of God during those times.

And you’d also agree there are many other benefits to the Bible. As a matter of fact, it’s the greatest source of inspiration we could ever find.

But did you know?

The American Bible Society in their 2013 State of the Bible Report says that,

“While 66% of those surveyed agreed that the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life, 58% say they don’t personally want wisdom and advice from the Bible and about the same amount (57%) read it fewer than five times per year.” (AmericanBible.org)

Makes sense, huh? We think the Bible is good for us, we just don’t want to take advice from it.

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Maybe folks have just forgotten how good life could be if we lived by Good Book.

Maybe the Me Generation is wondering, “What’s in it for me?”

So I thought I’d make a short list to answer that question.

5 Things We Get by Getting Into the Word and Letting the Word Get Into Us

1. Hope and Encouragement:

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

2. Tools for Living:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

3. Direction:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

4. True Success:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

5. Peace

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.” Psalm 119:165

And the list goes on. All the things we yearn for – knowledge, wisdom, purpose, joy and fulfillment, just to name a few more – can be found in the Holy Pages.

But the ultimate benefit?

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name. John 20: 30-31

May we all be inspired to open the Bible and open our hearts to what we find there. Because, what’s in it for me and for you and for all who believe?

Life!

Abundant Life!

Eternal Life!

Now who wouldn’t want that?

Question: Do you think more people would make time for the Bible if they knew what was in it for them?

 

What We Need To Know

The earth is groaning. And so are we. If you are conscious, you know it. Unless you’ve numbed yourself to temporarily ignore the pain, you can feel it.

And it’s like this collective convulsing, the whole world writhing and trying to untwist the twisted up knot of our unknowing. We want answers.

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But we learn that it does no good to ponder imponderables. So, instead, we take action.

It might mean picking through piles of rubble to help a neighbor retrieve a beloved family heirloom after the storm has passed. Or putting our arms around someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

It could be as easy as sending a note of encouragement or giving to the Red Cross or praying a simple prayer. But when we do something to help someone else, we at least answer one question for them and for ourselves.

God cares.

We prove that when we care for others. Because that desire to help the hurting comes from Him. And when we follow through on that desire, we are following in the footsteps of Jesus.

I heard Brian Williams say on the evening news how so many churches had turned up to help the Oklahoma tornado victims. “Faith-based FEMA” he called them.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency can only do so much. That’s where we come in. We are the body of Christ, His hands and feet on this earth.

We are the church. The Faith-based Emergency Management Agency. 

And one of these days, we’ll stand before our Maker and all the answers to every question we’ve ever had will be revealed. Until then, we have work to do.

For now, that’s all we need to know.

 

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

Big News – I’m a Pinner!

Well, it is official. I am now a Pinner! It was bound to happen sooner or later. I kept having people ask me if I was on Pinterest and my answer each time was “Not yet.” 

The motivating force behind my joining the site was for the Compassion child my husband and I are sponsoring. 

You see, there’s this contest going on until September 23rd and for each repin of My Sponsored Child I get entries that could result in a monetary gift for this sweet little boy in Bangladesh.

How awesome is that? And so easy!

Even if you don’t feel you can sponsor a child yourself right now, you can still get involved by sharing the story of Compassion and children in need. 

All it takes is one little click. Will you take a second to do this right now? I would be humbled and grateful.

Click Here to see My Sponsored Child on Pinterest and Repin It!

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