One Book

18 06 2014

“I want to know one thing: the way to heaven. God himself has condescended to teach me the way. He has written it down in a book. Oh, give me that book! At any price give me the book of God. Let me be a man of one book.” — John Wesley

Perhaps more than at any other time in history, the Bible is easily accessible and available to anyone who wants to read it. In our society, it is as simple as downloading an app or using a search engine or going to a bookstore. While I realize that there are places in this world that do not have the luxury of readily available scriptures, we do. Sometimes I wonder if its easy accessibility has caused us to lose our hunger for the words written in its pages.

The Bible is not a quick snack to be gulped down, but a rich feast to be savored and enjoyed. It is a blueprint for a life built on Christ. It is a compass, map, and guidebook for the journey we all must make. It draws us into the presence of God and invites us to make our home with Him. It is a book that requires attention, time, diligence, courage, and stillness of heart and mind. In the hurry, busyness, and stress of our time, it is difficult to develop a heart that aligns itself with the rhythm of eternity.

My Jesus Resolution today is invest myself in one book. I want John Wesley’s words to be my prayer – Let me be a person of one book. I want the Word of God to define the boundaries of my thoughts, shape the contours of my heart, and transform the brokenness in my soul. I want to be so saturated with His Word that it spills over into my speech, actions, attitudes, and interactions with others. It will require an investment of time and focus. The result will be knowing the only thing that really matters – Jesus.


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18 06 2014
blouhutch

Wonderful message, Casandra. Thank you for the reminder. Please pray for the Lord’s church in Ukraine (Kramatorsk), as they struggle to study and fellowship in the midst of their country’s civil conflict. In Him who first loved us – Brenda

Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S™ III, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

19 06 2014
Tracine

“In the hurry, busyness, and stress of our time, it is difficult to develop a heart that aligns itself with the rhythm of eternity.”
I had never thought of it that way. The rhythm of eternity is so foreign to us. I will work on imagining this idea and slowing down to do so.

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