I love God’s holy word, the Bible! It is one of the “Top 3” that God has given to us in the present age to guide us in our walk with Him (the others are: Jesus’ example, and the Holy Spirit). Because I love it so much, writing and speaking about God’s word comes easy to me. It did to Jesus, too, for He quoted the Old Testament frequently. Obviously, Jesus was immersed in God’s word and lived by it. As His disciples, we are called to do the same.
Matthew 4:4 (OT), Matthew 7:24-27, Matthew 13:23, Matthew 13:52,
Matthew 23:2-3a, Mark 4:20-23, Luke 4:4 (OT), Luke 6:46-49,Luke 8:15-18,
Luke 8:21, Luke 11:28, Luke 16:19-31, John 12:47-50, John 17:17
OT = Jesus quoting the Old Testament
Live On Every Word That Comes from the Mouth of God
Right in the beginning, in the first gospel, Jesus said how important it is that we live according to God’s word: “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4). He was quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, where God gave the Israelites special bread called manna to eat in the dessert. For some reason, I remember this verse as “live by every word” instead of “live on every word”. The difference is subtle, but important. “By” places more of a reliance on me to perform and follow. “On” conveys more the need to stand on and rely on it, to take God’s word into your very being because it sustains you and keeps you alive (like bread). This is what God’s word is to me: the very bread I must consume every day!
The Word: Hear It, Practice It!
In most of the referenced scriptures, Jesus said we are to hear His words, but that is just the beginning. He goes on to say we are to put into practice and build our lives on His words (Matthew 7:24-27). Jesus said we are to accept the word and produce something with it (Matthew 13:23, Mark 4:20). To those who do this, Jesus said they have a “noble and good heart” (Luke 8:15), and “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice”. (Luke 8:21). However, to those who read the word but don’t live on it, Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say?”(Luke 6:46). Which do you want to hear Jesus say to you one day: To call you a sister or brother, one with a noble and good heart? Or hear Him ask you why you did not do what He said?
The Word: Judges & Condemns
God’s word is so powerful that it will judge and condemn on the last day! In John 12:47-48, Jesus said, “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.” God’s word is the standard, not what we think, feel, believe, or hope for. What we think isn’t going to matter much on the last day.
The Word: Makes Us Holy
God’s word is so powerful that it sanctifies us, which is another way to say that it makes us holy. In John 17:17, Jesus said, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” Who can say it any better than Jesus? God’s word is truth, and it makes us holy! How wonderful is that?!?!?
Call to Action
Today, thank God that His word has endured all these centuries, continues to be broadcast across the world, and is still available to all people, in all countries and languages, in all forms, including verbal, visual, written, and electronic! It is only by His power and might that this can be so! Then, establish a habit that reminds you to live on God’s word, just as Jesus said to. My habit is to take my bible, place it up to my forehead, and ask God to plant His word in my mind and spirit (I usually do this when I need “extra” grace and strength for the day’s challenges!). I have a friend who puts the Bible up to her lips and kisses it as a reminder of how precious it is. How will you remind yourself to live on God’s Word?