If as Christians we claim to have a relationship with God, and further
state that his primary means of communicating with us is email, then
why wouldn’t we make sure that we check our email every day?
But some days our in-box is full of spam, forwards, junk mail, and
we can miss the email from a friend in all of the clutter.
My ten year old nephew recently got his first email account, and excitedly
called to tell me all about it, and of course was thrilled when I sent him
a note. However, that initial excitement soon gave way to long periods
where he didn’t write, and emails went unanswered for days, then weeks.
Some times we still talk briefly on the cell phone, because at ten years old,
life is just so busy.
I find an interesting parallel in all of this, since I check my email religiously,
but have days where I am just so busy that taking time to slow down long
enough to read my Bible seems like a real chore. Why do I force myself to
read the Bible everyday? If I read the whole thing do I get bragging rights?
Realistically, we pretty much know “what” we believe, and if we stop and
think about it, most days we know “why “ we believe. The self-discipline of
reading our Bible is more about staying Christ focused than anything else.
I find it kind of fascinating to see what Jesus said to the Pharisees in this
account from the Gospel of John.
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that
by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures
that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
Apparently the Pharisees had trouble checking their email too!
The Old Testament as we call it, was the only word of God that the Pharisees
had, and there are lots of great stories, and practical advice from the proverbs,
but just like the Pharisees of old we need to come to Jesus to have life. There
is an old axiom that says “Out of Sight – Out of Mind” Which is so true of both human relationships and our relationship with Christ. Coming to the word
is about coming to Christ, deleting the junk mail and focusing our thoughts
to write an email to a friend.