As I read the Bible it continues to become more evident the author had me in mind. From the first verse of Genesis to the last verse of Revelation God has given instruction, warning, correction, and hope for this fallen human. A problem exists that I sometimes try to assign scripture to other people’s faults while forgetting that the message is for me. What the message is really about is how I can have a relationship with God and live a pure and moral life. In fact the only things listed about other people is how I am to treat them. To gain better understanding of this perspective re-read this opening paragraph as if you were talking to yourself.
To read the Bible without an agenda is to find the true meaning of scripture. To be fully open-minded and seek the truths presented in the inspired writings will always lead a person to wisdom. To embrace those truths will create a heart of surrender and desire for a deeper relationship with an almighty God. To hold back from such an embrace is to cheat oneself out of treasures untold. Yet to pursue God with all your heart will cause you to see the reality that this world is not where we truly belong. That in and of itself may be enough for some people to hold back in fear of the unknown and others to leave everything to seek the one true God.
The Bible is consistently the most sold book in the world. Scripture continues to be abused, discussed, and argued about daily in many cultures. Yet the one consistent quality of those who have discovered that the Word of God is written for them is lives being changed for the better.
I challenge you…. in fact I triple dog dare you to read the Bible as if it were written just for you! The most likely outcome will be a sense of longing for more that only our heavenly Father can provide.
Rev. Burt Schwab