Using What You’ve Got

The following comes from an article I wrote for a local paper.


Fifteen years ago I bought a guitar. I purchased everything necessary – the pick, the extra strings, the case, even the 5 year warranty. Unfortunately, I never learned how to play. In that time I have spent more experience with umbilical cords than guitar chords (I have 4 daughters). While I have all that is necessary to play, to my chagrin I cannot.
As I was thinking about that old guitar, I thought how similar that scenario is to many peoples’ experiences. Maybe you’ve found yourself in the same kind of situation. We can laugh about the running shoes that just sit in the closet or the fitness club membership that never gets used. We may have the tools necessary to make things happen, but we’re not doing anything with them. There’s no benefit.

That’s a lot like how many people treat their Bibles. Maybe it was a gift given as a child. Maybe it’s just something to sit on the coffee table or on the shelf. That’s the problem. It just sits. It was never meant to just sit. Hebrews 4:12-13 says “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.”

Instead of just being a book, the Bible is God’s Word to us. It’s what he wanted us to know about him. It shows us how we’ve blown it and how he has provided the means of salvation through Christ. It tells us what God desires of us. It has the capacity of showing us who we really are and leaves us with nothing to hide behind. That’s powerful stuff and yet the risk of being exposed can be kind of unsettling. However, it’s in this exposure that God dresses us with what we truly need.

Not only that, but 2 Timothy 3 says “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” It is God’s means of shaping and refining us. It was never meant to be suggestions or just a means of being moral citizens. It is the power of God to change your life! We don’t have the option of choosing which parts to accept and which ones to reject. We are accountable to all of it. God desires to be known and desires to be known by you. God can be known! We need to take him at his word found in his Word.

Fifteen years later, I may not be able to play “Stairway To Heaven”, but through God’s Word, I know the way there. Do you?

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