The Importance of Staying in God’s Word

bibleSocial media, work, financial stability, illnesses and school… just some of the few things that distract us and keep us from the Word of God because we’ve made those our main focus. As a result, we begin to doubt or forget about the hope we have laid up for us in heaven. We become distressed and anxious, constantly worrying whether or not we’ll make it to heaven. At least, that’s what I do and what’s happening to me at the moment. I’ve been struggling to keep up with this Christian walk. I constantly worry about money, my health, and my imminent departure from this earth I must face one of these days. Instead of diving into the Word to assure me, I’m on social media or doing assignments for school. How greatly I feel separated from the One who took me out of darkness with His blood! How foolish I am for forgetting the power of God.

I now understand Peter and Jude’s epistles when they wrote about refreshing the memory of the disciples who have erred or forgotten: “I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them…” (1 Peter 1:12,13; Jude 5; 2 Peter 3:1,2). As Christians, we know better. We know the truth but at times we forget due to lack of studying, assembling with the brotherhood, praying, and faith in God. When we stop fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, we begin to fix our eyes on the world and its fleshly desires. And that’s why it is important to marinate ourselves with God’s Word, to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To stay reminded.

If the words that Christ spoke will judge us at the last day (John 12:48) how much more, then, should we draw near to Him and listen. By not studying the scriptures, we’re not obtaining any knowledge of the Lord. We’re not being nourished and purified by His words in order for us to stand before the judgement seat blameless (Ephesians 5:26,27,29). It’s crucial to read the Bible daily because it constantly reminds and assures us of the grace and inheritance we have obtained in Jesus Christ. If we do not stay in it and practice what we read, we will stumble, we will forget, and we will stray.

Not only that, but we will be unprepared when Christ returns. It will be exactly like the parable Christ spoke in Matthew 25:1-13 about the ten virgins–the five foolish and unprepared virgins not ready to meet the bridegroom and was told by him that he did not know who they were. Evidently the ten foolish virgins knew better and knew that the bridegroom was coming, but they forgot because they didn’t stop to prepare themselves and were focused on other things beside him. They were taken off guard, and then they were left behind.

So let us prepare ourselves and get to know the Lord’s voice. Let us remember the awesome God we’re serving and strive to keep our hearts assured on the inheritance that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

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