I am caught in my spirit with the fact that some Christians love the Lord Jesus, are dedicated to Him and also love His written Word. Then there are other dear ones who also love Him and are dedicated to Him but find it a difficult task to spend much time at all learning His Word. Why is that? What is going on in the heart that would make one person devour the Word and another touch it ever so lightly, if at all?
As a Bible teacher, I simply cannot separate the written Word from the very personal living Word. He is the same. I do not consider the actual printed book the same as His person, but what He has instructed in His book through the ages is the revelation of Himself and very important in my heart and life. I cannot imagine living in the United States with an ability to read and write, and not actively using those skills to enrich my heart, mind and soul with His words.
So I am seeking God’s heart (long term) about what I can do in presenting the Word that would make others love it too. I know most of this work must be done by the anointing, provided in and through the Holy Spirit, but I am so longing to see some progressive change in my skills as a teacher. My students all have such a hunger and I am bless constantly, each season, by their love for the Lord and their study of the Word. However, there are those who come and go, who really do not get a “word emphasis” in their church and are satisfied with what they can hear on TV or the pulpit.
There is no condemnation in my heart here. All who are His are equal in His treatment of them. The one special reward for those who consistently seek the truth of His word is more understanding and release into Him, but those who love the Word do not study it primarily for reward, but simply because they love Him. Why does the church as a whole seem interested only in “feeling” Him when He moves in a tangible way? Why are we not, as a whole, folk who simply cannot get enough of what He has said and therefore know more of what He is saying?
Just some questions on my heart this morning. Comments are welcome if you have any ideas about the answer to some of the questions posed here. Please keep them positive and uplifting. Putting others down is simply not the way of the Word. I guess I should say that shaming folk or condemning them for not doing something never works for long and really isn’t what the Lord does. Hunger and thirsting is like eating potato chips or peanuts – you can’t just eat one. Why are we not hungry for more Word?