a work of transformation

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11, NIV)

I had a professor in seminary who did something provocative in a class — he lifted his Bible above his head and said something to the effect of, this is not the word of God. You could hear some of the students gasp with incredulity before he continued. He said it is not the word of God, as it is only leather, paper, and ink. It only becomes the word of God when it is open, read, and applied to your life. You could almost feel the barometric pressure change in the room as the students considered the weight of his statement. Holding a bible doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in your garage makes you a car. You must open it, read it, believe it, and apply it for the words to leap off the page and God’s Spirit to breathe life in your heart.

IMG_0881 The Psalmist wrote that he hid the Word of God in his heart so as not to sin against the Lord. When we wrote, hid, he was not speaking of concealment, but safekeeping. Hiding God’s word deep in one’s heart enables it to become a filter, or a lens, through which life is processed and seen. It convicts you when you do wrong, confirms what is right, and gives you the assurance that you are on God’s path.

How do you view God’s word in your life? Is it contained in a book that gets dusty while sitting on a shelf? Is it something that you read and dissect like a text book? Is it something that you allow to live in you so you are better able to understand God’s relentless love and pursuit of you? May I suggest that you approach God’s holy word as a work of transformation, and not just information. Take it in, cherish it, savor it, and trust the power of our living Lord to place it deep in your heart to prove to you God’s desire to transform you into the likeness of Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your holy word, and the gift of life that it is to me. Help me to know that it isn’t the paper, binding, and ink that makes it special, but how it informs and transforms me of your holy love. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have a blessed day,
Pastor Mark