Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Busyness Plans (Part 12)
The entirety of Your Word is truth.
Psalm 119:160 (NKJV)
I am the way, the truth, and the life.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
Your Word is truth.
John 17:17 (NKJV)
In the 2013 'State of the Bible' report, conducted by the Barna Group for the American Bible Society, 13% of adults read the Bible daily. Among 'practicing-faith' Protestants, the percentage rises to 31%.* Meanwhile (and it is a mean while), the father of lies works diligently to confuse us: every hour of every day. His chief device? Media.
By media, idol worship is mainlined into a pumped-up world. Instead of eating the fruit of 'Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23), we're gorging on lust, thrills, conflict, irritation, cruelty, naughtiness, infidelity, harshness and self-indulgence.
For too many Christians, the truth has been reduced to a designer cross we hang from our necks. Is this fancy trinket pleasing to the Master Designer or the master deceiver? Shall Jesus be hung from our star-spangled necks? I believe His hanging is finished. I believe His Cross was wooden and hard: harder than we can know.
Wearing a simple cross in remembrance of Him is one thing, but carrying our own cross is the real thing:
'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me' (Luke 9:23). What does the Cross of Christ look like today? The Cross looks like Jesus, and we're supposed to carry Him to all the world--onto every screen and stage, so that millions of media-addicts may become free of the lies that bind them.
But before we can carry the Truth, we must know It. Because 'He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One Who sent Him is true' (John 7:18). If glory is brilliant illumination, then we must brilliantly illuminate the Truth, a.k.a. Jesus Christ.
How? If you know His Word, you know Him: 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God' (John 1:1). If you believe His Word, you follow Him. If you follow Him, you obey Him. If you obey Him, you've got a duty to bring His Truth to this confused world--both inside and outside the church.
Consider: No wise businessman would go to work without knowing his business. Every day he would renew his mind to accomplish his goals. So why do 69% of practicing Christians forget to renew their minds daily?
Paul re-minds us: 'Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God' (Romans 12:2). Prove what to whom? Prove the truth to ourselves first, because the enemy seeks to distract us from it. Then prove Him to everyone else.
Come on, fellow Christians. Read your Bible daily.
To Be Continued...
* 2013 State of the Bible Report (see page 45): http://www.americanbible.org/uploads/content/State%20of%20the%20Bible%20Report%202013.pdf
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.