Jim Shrimplin

Where do you keep the Word of God?

The second place that some people keep the Word of God is in their minds. What does that look like you ask? Good questions. Keeping the Word of God in the mind comes in two forms. The first form can be found in a person that knows what the Bible says but does not believe it.

A classic example, a person who studies the Bible not to know God but to come up with ways to convince Christians the Bible is wrong. They come up with apparent contradictions in the Bible show them to their Christian friend and say, “See the Bible is not trust worthy.” Unfortunately, the arguments can be pervasive to those that are not familiar with Scripture.

As Christians having the Word of God in our heads is a better thing than it collecting dust on a coffee table. The Word of God in our head only allows us to know things about the Bible like: Who are the characters are, the time period of the story, the location the story take place, the genre of the passage, who the human author of the story, etc. A person with the God’s Word in their heads maybe able to quote long passages, but never experienced the God contained in the Scriptures.

Jim Shrimplin

Where do you keep the Word of God?

In my library, I have lot of books. The other day someone came into my office and asked, “Have you read all those books?” I gave him a long answer of how some are reference works so you don’t sit down and it them cover to cover. But you, I will give you the short answer, “No.”. I have not read all the books in my library. I have not even read all the books that I should have read cover to cover. I have a place for my books called a bookshelf.

Most of my books set on the bookshelf year after year and never get touch let alone read. They might make me look smart but really setting on the bookshelf they don’t me any good. Unfortunately, that is where most people keep the Bible. They keep it on the bookshelf. It rarely gets read and it is never understood. The Word of God does this person no good.

There is another way we can keep the Word of God on the bookshelves of our lives. How? When we read it and then walk away from it. We go to church hear the preaching of God’s Word and then go out to eat like we were never there. We just go through the motions of church, but come Monday morning we are the same person we were on Saturday night. No transformation. No Change and the sad part is there are lot a people that thinks this is okay. I hope and pray that this is not you or me.