Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Your Bible Is Not An Art Gallery


Too often, we read the Bible in the same way that we would visit an art gallery. 
Imagine with me…you carve a few minutes out of your busy schedule, take a taxi to the gallery, and land on the front doorstep out of breath.
Stepping inside, you notice a new Renaissance exhibit and stroll over to take a closer look.

You are drawn to a print of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. 
Admiring it, you take note of its brilliant composition, colour, and light. 
“What a visionary painter,” you think. “His work was way ahead of its time.”
After contemplating it for a few moments, you move on to other works in the collection.
Walking by oil paintings, frescos, sculptures, and more, you hustle to fit it all in.
After a twenty-minute tour, you check your watch, remember all the things you have to do, and hurry out the door.
Although your time at the art gallery was pleasant, it has no influence on your right-here, right-now life.

Da Vinci’s excellence may inspire you, but it does not influence your work.
The raw emotion of a portrait may touch you, but it does not shape your relationships.
You enter and leave unchanged. 

In truth, this approach may work for an art gallery—especially if you’re not a huge art lover.
But it certainly won’t work for your Bible study.

Your Bible is not an art gallery.

It’s a gold mine.

Too often, we come to the Bible with an art-gallery attitude.
Filling a twenty-minute time slot, we browse quickly through chapters. 
We admire the beauty of Scripture and give a mental nod to its teachings.

Yet our time in the Word never reaches our heart…or our hands and feet.
It stays at the academic level of head knowledge.

God never designed His Word to be an art gallery. 
Instead, He designed it to be a gold mine.

In Proverbs 2:3-5, Solomon wrote, “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”

God commands us to actively pursue wisdom—to cry out for it, to dig for it, to search for it.
At our church in North Sydney, we seek to learn His wisdom together.

How can we find wisdom and knowledge in the Bible?

1. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you. 

Jesus promised in John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” The Holy Spirit can guide our study and give us understanding.

2. Be faithful.

Choose a time and place to read your Bible, and find a doable Bible reading plan.
Even when life gets busy, don’t give up your time in the Word.
God will bless your faithfulness!

3. Seek to apply what you learn.

Ask yourself, “What does this passage teach me about Jesus? How can I follow His example?”
Look for principles to live by and promises to claim.
Analyze the attitudes, actions, and words of its characters. 
In James 1, God promised to bless those who not only hear His Word, but also do it. 
Join us at our church in North Sydney to learn how you can apply God’s Word in your life.
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Will you search for treasures of wisdom in the Bible? Learn more about God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am. 
For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com