For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
A minister was out one day visiting the home of one of his church members. The lady of the house welcomed him in, and began trying to impress him with how devout her family was by pointing out the large Bible on the bookshelf.
“We have a real reverence and respect for God’s Word in this house,” she told the minister. And as she was talking, her five-year-old son walked in the room, overhearing part of the conversation.
He interrupted, saying, “Mommy, I didn’t know that book was God’s. We should probably just send it back to Him because we never read it anyway.”
So many Bibles in homes these days serve no other purpose than to sit on the shelf and collect dust. Few people really read God’s Word. And even worse, many mistakenly believe that having a Bible on the shelf accounts for some kind of spirituality.
An unopened Bible is as useless as no Bible at all. So be sure to open God’s Word regularly. It won’t transform your life just sitting on the shelf!
Ask God to help you stay consistent in His Word so it can transform your life.
Questions for thought
How often do you think you honestly open your Bible?
What can you do to become more consistent in reading God’s Word?