How important is the Bible
to you? I don’t mean how important would you like it to be to you or to your
children. What I mean is—how important is the Bible to you and the way you
live? You want your children to follow
the ways of Scripture. You want them to know its content. You want them to know its Author. You know
that what the Holy Spirit has written in his Word is essential for life. But allow me to ask again, how important is
the Bible to you? Is there a chance that you love what the Bible will do for
you, but you struggle with actually loving it?
is asking, "where are you going with this?
Of course I love the Bible; it is the most important book I
own." You see, the real test of the
Bible's importance to you is this—how alive is the Scripture to you? Hebrews 4:12 describes the Bible as being
living and active. Is this merely a fact you teach your kids? Or does this
phrase in Hebrews speak of you? Do you read the Bible simply to increase your knowledge—or to be spiritually fed and
enlivened as you read?
We know that our children
must trust the Bible and live it. But do our children see that these words of
God are living and working in us? Do our children know that the Bible defines
who we are and how we live? The prophet Isaiah warned against following words
learned by rote:
And their worship of
is nothing but man-made rules learned by
rote. Isaiah 29:13
Surely, you want more than
rote knowledge to be the basis of your children’s worship. But for it to be more than rote for your
kids, it must be more than rote for you. It must be alive to you. What is it that gives light to your eyes and
brings joy to your heart? This is a significant
question, a question whose answer is at once disarming and revealing, if
honestly asked and answered.
There is no more powerful
gift you can give to your children than for the Word of God to bring light to
your own eyes. Think about your relationship to God’s Word. How important is it
to you? Does it bring light to your eyes as nothing else can? Truly, Jesus is
the Light of the World. Continue to
think about the words of the Psalmist – do they describe you?
8 The precepts of the LORD are
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8