The One Thing
The One Thing
Sep 07, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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What is the one item in your life that you couldn’t live without? That was the question I recently posed to a group of people that I was leading a discussion with. I thought the question would lead people to reflect on what was truly impactful in their life, those items that brought them joy or were of great value. What had me concerned were the answers I received. How about you? How would you respond to this question: “What is the one item in my life that I couldn’t live without?”
The responses I received to my question will likely not surprise you in this day and age: cell phones, wallets, purses and computers were by far the most popular response. A few responses also had stories: Charley the dog, Bob’s corvette and the family cabin “up north” were explained in vivid detail. After each person had finished their responses, I asked a question that brought silence to the room: “How come none of you said your Bible?”
The Bible is the most printed, distributed and quoted book in the history of mankind; it is God’s own word to you. Nothing is left to chance, the words are intentional – they are God-breathed and are useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be equipped for every good work. Every time we open the Bible, we are provided the opportunity to fill our hearts and minds with messages of faith, hope and love.
So how do you make this most precious Word of God of greater value to your life?
- Read it. Books were written to be read and the Bible is a series of “best sellers.” There are 66 books combined into the greatest story ever told. Start and end each day in His Word and you will be amazed by the impact God’s Word will have throughout your day.
- Learn it. Often we struggle with the length and complexity of the Bible. But a great way to manage the Bible is one book at a time. Take small bites – commit to reading each day. Consider focusing on one Old Testament and one New Testament book. I might also suggest you underline or highlight significant Bible verses. Yes, mark up your Bible; it is the greatest instructional manual you will use in life.
- Share it. What great joy we can bring another person when we provide them God’s Word. Giving a Bible as a gift can be more impactful than you likely will ever know. Share your favorite Bible verses with others. Tell family and friends an interesting fact you learned from the Bible. Plant the seed and let the Holy Spirit work in their hearts.
- Obey it. “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) Putting the words contained in the Bible into action is what God has designed us for. No greater love was shown than God sending his Son to die for our sins. What is your response to mankind?
- Live it. This might be the most difficult assignment of all. We are to “walk the talk.” Our sinful nature has us struggle applying what we hear and read in the Bible. Life has us often running out of control. Slow down, meditate on His words, and pray that God’s Word will guide you in all circumstances. Invite the Holy Spirit into your heart as you reflect on the words of the Bible.
Have confidence that you go nowhere today that God hasn’t already been. He has prepared you for such a moment as this. The question you have to ask yourself: “Do I trust Him?”
Thoughts to Encourage
- Three things in life never come back once they’re gone: Time, words and opportunity.
- Don’t let your circumstances alter your faith. Let your faith alter your circumstances.