Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Keeping the First Thing the First Thing

 By: Rebekah Hargraves

Photo Courtesy Of: Aaron Burden

"For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." ~Hebrews 4:12

I hear it all the time - “I’m too busy to be in the Word.”

But, friends, have we forgotten what the Word of God is? That it is the alive, active, and powerful words of God Himself? That it does not return void but always accomplishes what it is supposed to accomplish? That it is what equips us for our daily lives and work?

How might our view of singleness change if we prized time in the Word more? Maybe there would be less of a desperation for marriage and more of a calm, joyful resting in all God is in our lives?

How might we live out our marriages differently if we prioritized reading and studying the Word? Maybe there would be less fighting and complaining and more loving and serving?

How might we have our view of motherhood changed if we were actually in the Word in the midst of it? Maybe we would go from thinking we have to live for naptime and bedtime and instead view the work of mothering as the world-changing, anything-but-mundane work it actually is.

How would our work and ministries look different if we spent time in God’s Word every day? Maybe there would be less striving to get ahead and more walking by the Spirit.

No, it’s not that we are too busy to be in the Word. It’s that we are too busy and have too many roles and responsibilities NOT to be in the Word - for it is what equips us for all of life! After all, as Charles Spurgeon once said, "A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't."

Reflection Questions:

1) Does the Word hold the place of priority in your life that it should? Why or why not? What changes can you make so that it is prioritized?

2) What fruit have you found to come from your time spent in the Word?

3) What detrimental effects are you seeing in your life when you don't spend time in the Word?

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