“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
Have you ever had God hit you upside the head with one little sentence?? And then have it travel to your heart?
“Don’t leave the Word(s) on the page!”
BAM…BAM… and BAM!! And I didn’t even have to time to duck.
Those words, “Don’t leave the Word(s) on the page” spoken by Melissa Taylor during our “Unglued” conference call series hit me and hit me hard. Especially with her challenge for us to be intentional with our quiet time. To make our quiet time a priority. To allow the Word of God to transform us … to transform our hearts … to make us more like Him! BAM, number one.
I had my Bible laid out beside me as I listened intently to the rest of the call. I knew, without glancing, what the second BAM was going to be. It was going to be the VERY first verse. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” (John 1:1). Read it again. Did you catch it? “The Word was God!” And yep, I can’t tell you how many times I have left GOD on the page! How many times have I sat down to read and spend time with God only to leave Him where I found Him? Only to walk away with a ‘check mark’… a line drawn through one item on my ‘to do list’. And I can line up excuse after excuse …. I wasn’t feeling it …. my mind was elsewhere … I just don’t have the time to sit, to be still and to know. (“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.'” Psalm 46:10) And that makes me sad…really really sad. And I can only imagine how sad it made Him.
And then the final BAM. Memorizing the Word. Memorizing GOD! And trust me, I’ve got excuse after excuse for not doing that one too!! I think back to each of the online studies I’ve participated in and how each Sunday night we were given a verse of the week – a verse to memorize – a verse to hide in our hearts – a Word – God to hide in our hearts! And I didn’t! I got the gist of most of the verses. I knew they were in the Bible. But to memorize them …. I didn’t.
So I’m sitting here thinking ….how can I really have a heart transformation if I’m leaving God on the page, if I’m not spending quality time with Him, if I’m not hiding His Words in my heart, no make that, if I’m not hiding God in my heart?? And it comes down to this …. I can’t …. I honestly can’t expect my heart to be transformed, to become more like His if I don’t do these things! HELLO, wake up call! HELLO, new perspective!!
Andy Andrews in his book “The Noticer” introduces a character by the name of Jones. Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss – something Jones calls a little perspective. “Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely,” he says. “Don’t squander your words or your thoughts. Consider even the simplest action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure…and they matter forever.”
I’m thinking the words of Jones pretty much sums it up for me. How about you? Will you join me on this new “perspective” … this new journey not to leave God on the pages??
Lord, I praise You and I thank You for being the God who sees all, who knows all and who controls all. I thank You for being You. I thank you that you desire to know us. Forgive us for the many times we’ve left You on the pages. Forgive us for checking You off as an item on our to do list. Make us thirsty for You. Give us a new perspective of who You are every day. Thank You for first loving us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Who would like to join us on the conference calls?? Leave a comment and I will be giving away another conference call series by Thursday noon time!