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What is the Bible About? Part 2

Would you believe I was married for 7 years the first time I met my father in-law? Ha! He arrived from Cameroon dressed to the nines in a pale yellow suit. Over the course of his month long visit, I learned a little about him and a lot about my husband. 

As I got to know my father-in-law, I realized my husband had very similar mannerisms and characteristics. As it turns out, my husband is a lot like his father.

I was greater informed of my husband as my relationship formed with my father in-law.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve opened the Bible looking for the answers I think I need for the thing I think is the most urgent thing in my life. That’s a lot of I’s and my’s don’t you think?

But when I manage to slow my roll and take a step back, I’m reminded the Bible isn’t about me. In part one of this Bible blog series, we talked about the Bible as a book about God, specifically about the reign and rule of God. God authored life and He chose to reveal Himself through creation and by inspired words, telling of His character and what He cares most deeply about.

Here’s what the Bible is not. The Bible is not a guide to tell you what to do. It’s not a do’s and don’ts list. Its purpose is not to control or manipulate for the sake of religious rituals. And it’s not to be used to justify agenda or personal point of view.

The Bible is about God plain and simple. It’s about His Character. It’s about His love displayed over and over again through how and what He creates. It’s about order and justice; faithfulness and righteousness. It’s a story of redemption and restoration. Learning and engaging with God, transforms the mind and heart which leads to the love of God and the love of others. And herein lies purpose. 

My husband and his father are similar because they have the same DNA. The way they talk, the way they walk, the way they laugh, it’s all so similar. It’s true I learned more about my husband after meeting his father. Similarly, God is a good Father who has uniquely created each and every person who ever was and will be with strands of His DNA. The Bible says Jesus formed you before He laid the very foundations of the Earth (Ephesians 1:4.). You were loved before you were born and you were created as a child of God.

Because of this and despite the fact the Bible was written thousands of years ago, it is the most informative source we have to understanding the world and our place in it.

With hearts and minds are in sync (Bye Bye Bye) with the character of God, we will inevitably see the world and ourselves through the lens of a good and loving Father. This changes everything. The word of God equips us to deal and respond to all of life’s challenges. Knowing God informs us how we ought to live. So while the Bible isn’t about us it’s about God and knowing God helps us discover who we are. Isn’t that amazing?

The One who formed you, is the One who best informs you.

Informing our minds by reading the Bible is the first step in understanding who God is. Knowing God and His character, informs us how we ought to live.  As Jen Wilkin states in Women of the Word, “We must love God with our minds, allowing our intellect to inform our emotions, rather than the other way around.”

Paul talked about this is Romans 12:2. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.

In other words, don’t conform to the cultural trends shifting around you like sand tossed by the waves. Rather, be transformed by knowing the One who formed you, so you may live your life well informed, aligned with the One who formed you.

Spending the time to get to know my father-in-law taught me more about my husband. The same is true with God. Get to know Him and you’ll discover more about yourself.  

With Christmas just around the corner, I hope you “Let the word of God dwell in you richly…” (Colossians 3:16) and may you be transformed into who God designed you to be throughout your mind and heart by the reading of His word. As you go about your days – possibly dressed in a pale yellow suit – may you love others in such a way that points them towards the One who formed and best informs them too.

Be Blessed!

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