I have a question for you.
What does the Bible mean to you practically?
What I mean to say is, “How useful is God’s Word to you?”
The Christian answer is always pretty much the same. We all want to say (and often do say) that the Bible is our guide, our life -the very words of God by which we can come to know Him.
Of course, those realities are very true.
But that’s not my question. My question isn’t what the Bible is in fact, but what it is to you practically.
Do you actually love it?
Do you actually live by it?
Do you actually study it for a living?
Do you actually understand it?
And what about Jesus? Who is He to you?
Do you actually love Him?
Do you actually trust Him?
Do you want to “know Him more”? …as we often sing from our church cushions.
I know, I know. Some deep questions, right? …and not so comfortable to answer, if we’re honest.
I want to discipline myself to study harder both the Person of God and the Word of God. I want to love Jesus more. Sometimes, though, I hit this wall where I don’t feel I’m moving forward as I’d like. Been there?
Yeah, me too.
That’s point of this blog. I’m going to study God’s Word and discover Him more because I want to grow spiritually. I need to grow spiritually. I’m not interested in this venture for my own spiritual gain alone, but also for yours. We can grow together and I want to invite you to join me.
I’m constantly stirred by the words of Paul to the young pastor Timothy-
“Preach the word. Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” -2 Timothy 4:2
That’s what I want to do. I want to preach the Word to my soul and to you. This blog will be full of personal devotionals, verse by verse expositions, theology and more. I also plan to throw in some recommendations and tools to help benefit your own devotional life, as it has mine. I might even address cultural issues from a biblical standpoint.
I want to make everything flow like a conversation, as if we’re discussing these things over coffee. It’s not going to be professional by any means -just casual. I think the best thing we might be able to do for our spirit in these times is to de-professionalize Jesus and His Word.
Can’t we just talk about Him, and be in awe of Him? I hope so.
Does Jesus have to stay in our Bibles, sermons and theological articles? I hope not. We don’t just need more sermons and Bible translations. What we need is to make Jesus a more intimate part of our daily conversation. Perhaps this blog could aid us all in that.
My contribution to the vast pool of “Jesus” articles out there is a humble one, I admit. And I’m not looking to compete. I’m just looking for Jesus, and I can’t think of anything I want to write about more than Him.
In the words of A.W. Tozer,
“If a few persons by reading this be encouraged to begin the practice of reverent meditation on the being of God, that will more than repay the labor required to produce it.”
These words show my motives. I hope you’re blessed by this work.