Treasuring God’s Word!
I don’t see it much these days, but whenever you visit many homes, in the past, one of those things that we used to entertain the guest with was …(guess) in many homes often kept under the table in the living room or on a shelf, The family album. We all love family albums, nowadays they are very digital. But good old family albums have a way of connecting with us, the pictures almost seem to come alive as the memories are replayed in our minds. All significant moments of history and people were captured: birthdays, travels, special friends, graduation photos, wedding, funerals, first date, first dress, first car…..
“Look at you…you were born so chubby, oh that uncle John (RIP) he used to bring you sweets every day he would come, and that’s your cousin Macharia the one who married in the States, That’s that short classmate- yes the one who had an accent but was a chop, Remember that next door freaky guy….ah I had he sold off his property and wasted it drinking, Yeah this is, well was my best friend in High school, I wonder what happened to him…. I treasure those moments.
While albums only capture moments and special days, they are a way in which we speak in time and we are recorded in history. When we die someday, everyone wants to say “I was here.”
I find that going back to those memories, stops me to deeply appreciate, not only how far we have come, but there is a way I get to Value those around me. The Journey enriches the Relationship.
In today’s fast world it is possible we don’t stop to look at our family albums often. The appetite for the New, spectacular and fresh News takes over the need to go back, reflect and take in Memories. We probably consume more e-mails, emojis, memes, TV clips and other Items compared with Taking in Real People around us. Is it possible, that we can easily begin to take each other for granted, be shallow and surface in our relationships because we have not taken in the moments we shared? How often do we stop to look at our family Albums? We take too many photos but hardly do we go back to take the moments in? We miss the treasure.
Albums can also bring about Passionate actions as a result of engaging in those memories. We have seen how broken picture frames, torn or burnt are always the victims of bad memories. We have seen how a picture can sustain a soldier at war, Give hope to someone in a difficult place?
But as the Church, How often do we look at the Family Album? Have you stopped to consider that the Bible is not only a Record of where we have come from, but is the Album of the Church. The Word of God just like those Albums could be lying somewhere and gathering dust while we are trying to figure out life on our own with Shallow and Superficial Faith, looking for another source of inspiration meaning and purpose to speak into our lives. Is the Word of God gathering dust in your basement?
While it has our stories, The Word of God is like a Treasure with the greater story of whom we belong to and whose we are. But what can we compare God’s word to, while in a family album everyone says I was here, in this Album God’s word, God says “I am still and always will be here” and there is much more I want to show you. As Jer 29:13, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Today, I look at Treasuring God’s Word
It is possible that the Word of God can become a casual book we carry around or tucked somewhere in our rooms or even among out shelves of magazines and other literature. It is possible that the Word of LIFE can become lost in the many words of life.
But a careful consideration of How God has valued his Word should also change our attitude towards God’s Word. In Psalm 138:2 for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame.
Our main Text is from
Scripture Reading: John 1:1-18
Too often confused that the four gospels are merely chronological records of the life of Jesus on earth, each of them had a unique audience and purpose. The gospel of John was written to an elite audience of the Greek/Jewish philosophical world who debated a lot on knowledge and life. In fact these themes characterize the book a lot. John the writer was very intentional and purposeful in this book.
He picks seven specific events around the life of Jesus on earth: The changing of water to wine, healing of royal official’s son, healing lame man, feeding of five thousand, walking on water, healing of the blind and raising of Lazarus. These miracles John writes to his elite Greek- Jewish audience simply for them to ask the question “who is this man who can do all these things? Master over quality, distance, time, quantity, natural laws, misfortune, death, yet so human, so real so close?
Who is this man Jesus? The answer and purpose of the book therefore is summarized in chapter 20:30-31.
These (signs) are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God and that by believing in Him you may have LIFE in His name.
My Thesis is this; God has Chosen to reveal himself intimately in the Person of Jesus Christ Only Through His Word.
This passage- Opening of John is profound and full of meaning and with all humility I will attempt to bring out some lessons for us today. Let me share 3 things that would help us in our Journey to Treasure God’s Word.
The Pre-eminence of God’s Word
In the beginning was the word- It begins with someone being referred to as the word? In Greek thought, The Phrase, ‘The Word or Logos’ is the central idea that holds the universe together the thing that makes everything makes sense or have meaning. He affirms that the Word was God Himself. And was with God- shared a very unique fellowship with God, And everything there is was made through him, the creator and sustainer. In other Words bio-life came to be through him,
The Word of God is the Source of life bios and non-bios. The Same Idea that God’s Word brought everything to existence. We see this thought also in Gen 1.
In other words- The word of God sufficiently answers the questions of our origins and roots, the reason we are and why we are. One of the biggest definitive question everyone asks is “Where did I come from?” because in answering this question we know our identity- Who we are and Whose we are. Nothing speaks more authoritatively about our Identity and God’s Identity than the Word of God.
Where do we look to for our Search for Identity, Meaning and Origin? Is God’s Word ‘Your Source’ is it Pre-eminent- does it define your First? The Greater story behind your place of birth, biological parents or circumstances of birth- is that God is your Source.
The Person of the Word of God
but also verse 4- In him was LIFE, and that LIFE was the light of men. The Word became Flesh.
A few things to mention here, Jesus is referred to here as The Word. Who is God and through Him everything is and in Him LIFE is. Notice also verse 14- The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
This is a vast thought to comprehend, even for our minds to contain. This same word is what gave light to the world yet was rejected by the world of men, because they could not understand it.
God in His wisdom saw it best to capture this great mystery and knowledge of himself in human words and language that could be recorded and passed on from generations of men. It’s like He has taken pictures of Himself and compiled an album for us. All this He purposed so that people would know Him intimately so that we can experience the Special LIFE in Him.
Allow me to make a distinction here between the Bible and the word of God. While the Bible is a collection of books, an album so to speak of God, it contains the texts which reveal the Word, who is Jesus….who is the light of men and in Him is LIFE. In other words, the word of God is a way in which God has used to show us bits and pieces like a puzzle, surely 66 books cannot contain the almighty God. But the text is the way and the place he has given us to begin.
- If you knew or appreciated that God “has gone through” for lack of better words all this in the attempt for us to know him, how would you relate with your Bible. God wants us to know him more than we think we want to know him.
- There is No Better Way to Experience the Person of Jesus Personally Outside the Word of God. It’s like when we are in the Word, Jesus comes to sit next to us and Affirm our faith deeply. He jumps off these texts and pages and His presence becomes very real. His voice becomes clearer almost audible, His gentle hands become more real as he holds us with his Promises and we see his feet, showing us where to go!
We cannot replace that experience by 1000 sermons, Self-help books, emojis or prophecy. If you are looking for God, He is found here!
- Any other path falls short to knowing God in the person of Jesus Christ except through His Word. Even John himself came only to testify, he was not the light of the world. I need to warn here that your own engagement with God’s word is vital, a pastor, a preacher, a devotional shares only as a witness, but you must embark on this journey on your own. Too many Christians deceived and shallow in their faith because they depend not on the word of God but the word of the prophet or pastor.
The Power of God’s Word
But you may ask, why is it difficult sometime to experience God’s power despite the fact that I read my Bible, on everyday basis. Just as the children of the Israel read the scriptures, they got the law but missed the heart of the law. Please note the Bible, speaks of Jesus who is the WORD and in him was LIFE and that LIFE was the light of men.
It is possible that we miss the Power of God’s Word because we looking for life, but missing LIFE. The primary reason for the Word of God is to Know God not merely how to make it in this life. The Power of God’s Word brings about LIFE not life.
It is easy to get lost or even tired, when we make the Bible a search for nuggets of wisdom for life, or a source to enable or motivate or defend my personal ambitions or to prove head knowledge or to even try to explain my personal experience. But it is thoroughly refreshing and powerful when we lay aside all these ambitions and simply seek Him.
The Word is LIFE not somewhere we get LIFE and go. So I need here to conclude by trying to understand what this word LIFE means. In simple language- Swahili has 3 of them- Uzima, Uhai and Maisha. Now which of these 3 do you think LIFE refers to? We often misunderstand Jesus to give us health, LIFE style- so when we don’t get we wonder, but when we find Him, we find “wholeness”, Uzima we find LIFE.
Next time you dive into the Album, slow down long enough until you actually see Him
In conclusion- How would we treasure God’s Word, if we fully understood that God’s word is Preeminent, God’s Word is a Person, God’s Word is LIFE.