Thursday, August 11, 2011

If you play with knives long enough...

Recently I had a conversation with a couple friends in which one of them shared his dislike of feeling like he needed to read the Bible every day. He has always had a strong reaction against legalism and said that he couldn't in good conscience read the Bible if he just felt like he was checking a box on a to-do list.

I suggested that, while his choice was well intentioned, he would be better served in the long run by developing a discipline of reading even when he didn't feel like it. I mentioned Hebrews 4:12:
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
I suggested that, even if your heart isn't in it on any given day (or week), we are told that Scripture is living and active, "sharper than any two-edged sword". From vivid childhood experience I said this: "If you play with knives long enough, you're going to get cut." If you read even when you don't feel like it, eventually God will cut through and your reading will become more than just checking a box.

So my question for you brilliant readers is this: agree or disagree? Would your advice have been different?


Erin said...

I absolutely agree. We don't love, serve, and obey the Lord only when we feel like it. Our hearts are wicked and our feelings are fleeting. We choose to love, serve, and obey the Lord because we know He is Lord and deserves absolutely everything. Meanwhile we pray that our hearts follow suit, and they usually do.

Sue said...

Of course the people who live in USA
(in particular) have been playing with knives (guns) for a long time now.

And to the degree that USA "culture" altogether is now saturated with the ever-present threat of random violence.

Jared Totten said...

Guns didn't introduce the threat of random violence. A brief reading of the Bible will demonstrate that.

And since reading the Bible was the actual topic of conversation here, I'll leave it at that.