I am reading through the new Testament in the Bible. Right now I am in Luke. It is packed with Jesus’ recorded words. I love seeing all the red words. I love imagining that I am in that time period listening to Jesus talk. I love REALLY getting the meaning. I love that God’s Word is so powerful and changes hearts like mine. I love the sea of red in Luke’s book and many others, especially this passage in Matthew where Jesus tells us a story with a purpose.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 NIV
I don’t know about you, but I want to be like the wise man. See how God’s Word inspires change in us? Real change, not a temporary fix like much of today’s self-help books. God’s Word penetrates our souls. No other words can do that!
Isn’t it amazing to know we are reading words that God inspired and knew we would be reading today? His Word is so powerful! As far as red words in the Bible… There has been a debate in certain circles, about whether Jesus’ words should be red, because the WHOLE Bible is the inspired Word of God. I was shocked the other day when I went to buy a journaling Bible and had trouble finding one with red words. There weren’t many!
Having said all that, it is imperative we hold precious the red words of Jesus, but revere and hold precious the entire Bible. Every verse is valuable! Every verse is a part of a story God wrote with real people that He made…with events that He planned or allowed or used to tell the Story of Salvation.
In my simple mind, I think Jesus wants us to really hear what He is saying and why. It is so selfless of Him to try so hard to get us to see the truth of what our lives should be all about…and it is not riches or popularity or being perfect. It about us being imperfect but coming to know Him, God and the Holy Spirit. They are our riches. We want to bow to THEIR opinion.
Thank You for always teaching me. It seems like I am re-learning and firming up things I think I should have down by now. You know me best so You know I am trying to be more like Jesus, but I do fail. Thank You for loving me enough to send Your Son to save me. You are my teasure. I love You so much! Amen.
May you enjoy some red words today and always and hold your Bible, God’s Words, as a treasure above all others:)