What does the Word of God do? What happens when we read it or hear it proclaimed?
Several things at once can happen when we expose ourselves to God’s Word. The first of which is that it challenges us. I always get amazed when I speak to people and they tell how they see Jesus as a good example to follow. Of course, He is a great example but usually they mean something with a lower standard. Jesus, and the commands of the Bible, become a pretty low bar to pass. ‘Be kind’ or ‘don’t judge’. But to do even those is an immense challenge.
I mean, have you even read Jesus? Have you listened to the voices of His apostles? They are not trite dispensers of platitudes and good intentioned advice. The call that is issued is so high…
Have you tried to go a second mile?
Have you really loved your enemy?
Could you leave everything behind to follow Him?
Are you a husband like this?
Are you a wife like this?
Could you give your body to God like this?
Do you believe this commission is for you?
If you have encountered God’s words and not been challenged, doubt whether you have had an encounter at all. Have you been challenged lately?