‘We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.’ (v1) Hebrews 2:1–9
The Bible is not one book, but a library of books. It has two testaments; the first, known as the Old Testament, records the laws, history and prophecies that preceded and foretold the ministry of Jesus. The second, known as the New Testament, reveals the life and teaching of Jesus, His passion, and the emergence of the Church made up of His disciples.
In those early years following Christ’s Ascension, the first disciples recorded the narrative of Jesus’ life and mission through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As the devil sought to oppose the Christians, so instruction was needed to enable God’s followers to know how they were to live.
When I became a Christian aged 19, from a completely unchurched background, I was introduced to the Bible and began a journey of discovering the truth about God and myself. It was in reading and praying through Scripture that I grew to know God as my friend and faced up to the challenges that following Christ presented me. These placed demands on my choices and the direction for my life.
I was always free to say no to what God revealed since Christian discipleship is always a process of personal decision taking. No one can be forced to become, or live as, a Christian. It is the Bible that alone, as God’s Word, can and will reveal God’s way to anyone who chooses to follow Him.
Related Scripture to Consider: Isa. 40:1–11; Isa. 55:6–9; James 1:19–27; John 5:36–47.
An Action to Take: Note down the things that stand out to you from your Bible reading. What is God saying to you through them?
A Prayer to Make: ‘Lord, I choose to listen and invite You to change me through the reading of Your Word. Amen.’
Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.
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