Knowledge becomes lifestyle

“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Matthew 28, and 1 Thessalonians 1-3.

I am trying to come to grips with the idea that the Bible is more than a collection of knowledge that I can read about.

The Bible is a manual for how I should think and live.

The Bible needs to be my ultimate behavioral guide.

Does it tell me to help clean the house?  Not exactly, but it does tell me to treat my wife with respect and consideration.  That is close enough!

Within the Bible I have plenty of examples of good behavior and bad behavior.  There is no shortage of material from which to glean ideas for Godly behavior.

How would Paul know that the Word was “at work in you who believe?”  By the way they lived.

If I know that it is likely to rain tomorrow afternoon and make no necessary preparations for that rain, then my knowledge is useless.  I want what I know about God and Godly behavior to transform me into a Godlike person.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  Pour Your truths into me AND transform me into the Godly person You want me to be.  Prick my conscience when I mess this up.  I love Your Word and thank You for it.”

Knowledge without appropriate action is like a car without wheels.  I must enact what I learn in the Bible.

 

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