More frequently than ever I have noticed people making a selection of Bible verses they find worthy to read. There are few that read it for its intended purpose. And yet we are expressly told…
2 Timothy 3:16-17(MSG) Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
Proverbs 4:13(AMP) Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.
That means cover to cover. In its entirety…the praise and the instruction…the worship and the admonishment…the blessings and the correction.
While doing some research I read through a survey and the statistics were staggering. You’ll find it Here.
The Survey stated 48% of Americans read the Bible at some point in the last year with less than half seeking help (pastor, books, reference material, etc) in understanding it. Most read it once a month with only 9% reading it daily. Wait…what?!?! Yep, 9%. I understand we have Monday Night Football, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars to contend with but 9%?
Among readers, about half had a favorite verse. Psalms 23 was the most cited followed by John 3:16…Um…I would lay odds that even Christopher Hitchens had the ability to quote those two verses.
72% of Bible readers consulted the Scriptures for personal prayer and devotion. That was three times more than those who sought it for understanding cultural issues or problem solving. There is nothing wrong with reading the Scriptures for comfort and consolation but what about the rest of it? Depending on whose figures you use, somewhere between 27-30% of the Scriptures deal with eschatology alone and yet few Believers can hold a conversation on the topic. Now…I realize it is much more palatable to read “for God so loved the world” than it is to read “let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” or “thrown into the lake of fire” however we are given this information for our completeness.
If these stats aren’t enough to have us shaking in our boots with a call to action then we are one of them.
Ronald Reagan said “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” Do I hear an Amen?!?
Is it any wonder Jesus said…
Matthew 22:14(AMP) For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen
As I was reading through various sources, I felt what I can only describe as God’s disappointment and saw tears streaming down our blessed Savior’s face.
May our precious Heavenly Father create in us a thirst for His Word that cannot be quenched and a righteous fire that rages through our being, burning up everything in its path that does not belong to Him.