As I reach out into the community about me, I have opportunity to bring the good
news message to different people. One reaction I have received from time to time
is that of someone having never read the Bible; some people don't even own a
Bible. Their concept of Christianity or its principles is based only upon what
someone has said or taught them from childhood.
There is good news in the Gospel. It is not just the words in the Bible, but it
is what those words are saying and what they represent. The Gospel is the Living
Word of God as declared in the person of Jesus Christ. He is our example for
living a life with hope. The Gospel is living the word of God in our lives as
instructed by the Holy Spirit through the apostles. When I respond to the Gospel
I am making Christ the master of my life. As Paul said so many times in his
letters, he viewed himself as being a bond-servant to Jesus Christ.
God's words are very important, but just having knowledge of the Bible will not
change a life to be Christ-like. I must understand the life of and in those
words, then live it in my own life.
The Bible is God speaking to me that I might come to know Him, the only True and
Living God. Yes, God's Word has life in it because it deals with the good news
of true life in Christ Jesus.
God's words are very important for me to know, to understand and most of all to
live. In God's word is revealed the meaning and purpose of life. It is very
important that I know and understand what God reveals to me and how He wants me
to live according to His word.
We should not just pass on the ideas of Christianity to others. We should
encourage personal study, understanding, and most of all personal living of
God's word in our lives.
2 Tim 2:14-16 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn
them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only
ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of
truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more
and more ungodly. (NIV)