What the heck is this saying? What?!
You spend a lot of your time trying to figure out what something means. You read it, see it, hear about it…and you ponder…and you still don’t understand. You know. Like those manuals that come with electronics. Of course, if it’s something about your job, you have to understand.
People say the same thing about the Bible. They say it’s hard to understand, and for that very reason some people just choose not to read it at all. But, listen to what the writer Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) had to say about this:
Most people are bothered by passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
Why is that? Well, it’s because the Bible is a book of action. It’s not just a pleasant summer beach read. If you read the Bible and that’s all you do, you’re missing out. You’re missing the point. What you read is meant to be put into action. When it says: “Love your neighbor as yourself,” it means to do just that. Yes. In the way you treat your neighbor. Words into actions.
Have you ever thought of the Bible in this way? Try reading it again with the intention of putting what you read into actions in your life. It might change who you are.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12
When Mark Twain said this, he showed great insight into the human psyche, didn’t he. He understood how we think. That’s why people make bucket lists. So they really do those things they think are important before it’s too late. Life moves right along and you don’t even know it. You know what I’m talking about. School’s out and you just turn around and suddenly school starts again. Your child’s in a new grade. One day you have a baby and it seems like the next day you’re potty training! Zoom! There goes life.
There are always those things you intended to do, but you just never got around to it. Like church. You’re thinking: I know I should be going. I used to go years ago. But, I stopped because…(insert here all those reasons, good and/or bad). You think about going from time to time.
Here’s the good news. What’s happened is past. You could start going to church again. Bad experience last time? Find a church where you feel you belong. Every church is not the same.
There’s a church starting this fall in Richmond, Indiana. It’s different. It’s church redefined. Take a chance. Risk it. See what it’s like. The G3 Church (even the name sounds different!). Don’t end up in 20 years wishing church is something you wish you had done. Church is about you. It’s about your life. It’s meeting God, getting to know him, letting him help you live a better life.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23
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