Points to Ponder: Do You Really Want to Know?
Points to Ponder
Do You Really Want to Know?
A Sunday School teacher challenged her students to take some time on Sunday afternoon to write a letter to God. One boy wrote:
"Dear God, we had a good time at church today. Wish you could have been there."
What do you expect when you go to a worship service? Do you expect God to be there? Those who say, "I don't get anything out of it," are usually getting what they expected--nothing.
The Word of God works effectively in those who believe. If the Word of God has authority in your life, it ought to be effectively working in you--changing you. What are you doing with the Word that is coming to you through devotions and Bible studies, and through conversations and sermons?
Jesus says, "If you abide in My Word, you are disciples indeed. And, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32)
Are you truly free? Or do you just think you are?
When the Word of God comes to you, do you receive it openly as God's own Word? What has His Word revealed to you about Himself? And about yourself?
The Psalmist writes, "I rejoice at Your Word as one who finds great treasure," (Psalm 119:162). Isn't it interesting that of all the things we can find time for, reading the Bible is often not one of them. So many of us call it the Word of God and yet it remains unopened for days, weeks and months at a time.
Challenge yourself to read even a chapter per day; maybe a Psalm or a Proverb to start. Something. And I even challenge any unbeliever who has read this article to this point--try it. Ask God to reveal to you whether this is His Word. And listen and watch carefully. (That is, if you really care to know whether it's true.) I myself was an agnostic for years--until I really wanted to know. Now I do.
God wants us to know Him and come to Him, and receive Him. Start with the Gospel of John in the Bible and see for yourself.
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