Written by: Tim Wood
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Mt 24:35 NIV)
One of the first books to come off the printing press when it was invented was the Bible. And it’s still the world’s best-selling book. An anonymous author has written: “The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the fate of sinners, and the happiness of believers. It is a light to direct you, food to nourish you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s road map, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s weapon, and the player’s game plan. It’s a mine of incredible wealth, and a river of genuine joy. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Christ is its grand subject, your good its design, and the glory of God its end. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be spiritually healthy. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully. Let it fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your steps. It is given to you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered for ever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and judge those who trifle with its sacred contents.”
St. Peter wrote that “the Word of the Lord stands forever” (1Peter 1:25). Most of us respect the Bible; the trouble is we don’t read it daily and put it into practice. The power of the Scriptures to transform your life is found in putting the Word into our daily practice. The wise person, according to Jesus’ parable, hears the words of Christ and puts them into practice (Matthew 7: 24). The Scriptures are able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15).
After hearing a discussion on various translations of the Bible, one man said: “I prefer my mother’s translation, because she translated it into everyday life.” Another person said, “People may not read the Bible but they will read you.” Are you putting the Bible into practice? You need it and so do others.