Saturday, April 9, 2011

Are You "Open-Minded" to God's Word?

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.
~ 2 Timothy 3:16

It has taken me years to fully embrace this particular verse. Over the past 15 years I have to admit I've enjoyed the bible ala carte. I find myself challenged almost daily to what is written in God's word. In my life I find that it takes faith to believe the bible is truly God-breathed and inspired.

I used to listen to The BJ Shea Morning Experience on 99.9 KISW. It always struck me as interesting how he would go off on Christians, and in particular Catholics, because of his upbringing. To my ears it irritated me to no end. However, when Christians would call up and spout scripture to a person who doesn't believe in the bible I also thought that was dumb.

You see, NO ONE can prove without a shadow of a doubt the bible is true. No human can. Believing that the bible is indeed the word of God takes faith—something that cannot be proven. This notion brought me to a new understanding of my faith in Christ. It made me realize that I can't just say, "Because the bible says so," to someone who either doesn't believe in the bible or understand it's life giving wisdom.

I don't find myself denying the teachings of the bible when talking to non-Christians. I now look at it as an opportunity to lay the foundation to get a person to that point where they are willing to be open-minded to the possibilities and opportunities God offers in his word. In a way it's like I'm telling them, "You're not ready—that is you're heart is not ready—for the glory of God to transform your life."

It is at that moment that a person is ready to learn about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that mountains can be moved and lives can be changed. Until a person is willing to be open to the mysteries of God's wonderful word, they just won't understand.

This thinking will offend people. They will think they have every right to open a bible and read it—and they are correct. But if their heart is not ready to "hear" what God wants to reveal to them in those pages, reading the bible will be like reading a foreign language. God desires all to understand his word. You have to decide if you're ready to accept God's grace for the opportunity to read his life instruction manual—a manual of hope, despair, redemption forgiveness, salavation and the eternal promise.

Are you open to God's word?

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