The second talk in our series on ‘Living a God Centred Life’ was on the Word of God. If we are to live God centred lives, which are honouring to Jesus’ name, then we need to have the Word of God inside of us. We looked at how the Word contains all the tools we need in order to live for Christ. Within the Word we find encouragement through times of trials, resources to fight the fight against sin and temptation and the all important accounts of how Jesus, the Son of God, brought the Kingdom near, giving us such an example of how to live our lives.
One of the many descriptions of the Word, given by an unknown author, was ‘It is the traveller’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter’. This really stayed with me; and as I thought about it more, I realised that the Bible is all of these things to Christians because God himself was those very provisions to the characters documented in this amazing book. He was Abraham’s map, Moses’ staff, Jonah’s compass, David’s sword and Paul’s charter. It is an incredible privilege to live in these times whereby we can learn from the experiences of Noah right through to the apostle Paul and also to think that most of the early Biblical characters did not have the Word as we do now. This phenomenal library composed by traveller’s, fisherman, tax collectors, doctors, priests and prophets is full of the character and promises of God, that can set a Christian on a sure and true path with God, one of boldness, hope, expectation and faith.
I find that as I read and allow the Word of God to infiltrate my soul and my whole life, I find myself crying out to God to see the things that I read within my own life and in the community where I live in north London. I also find myself pursuing to be more like Jesus, ready to live a life for Him and in doing so, by His Spirit and through the Word, He equips me to be a more effective disciple.
‘All Scripture is breathed out by God profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17)