Making It Personal

What is the Bible to you? Is it a well-worn book on your coffee table, or a book that sits untouched on a bookshelf gathering dust? Is it a book “inspired of God” (2 Timothy 3:16) or just a good book written by average men?

There are many opinions of the Bible today and my goal today is not to examine the evidence concerning what I believe, but to look at a man who believed the Scriptures to be more than just a good book.

In the book of 2 Timothy Paul is writing to the young preacher Timothy. This young preacher appears to not be doing what he was asked to do in the first letter (1 Timothy 1:3-5) because he is fearful and ashamed (2 Timothy 1:7-8).

In charging Timothy to pick himself up and begin the work again Paul shows himself as an example of one who isn’t ashamed or afraid. This point is proven in when Paul talks about the gospel of Christ being “my gospel” (2 Timothy 2:8).

Was Paul talking about a gospel that he preached that was contrary to God’s gospel? Absolutely not! Paul isn’t telling Timothy that he preached his own version of the gospel. He is telling Timothy about just how unashamed he was of the gospel!

Paul’s preaching of the gospel landed him in jail and even brought him suffering (2:9). Even though the gospel caused these things for Paul he still called it “my gospel.”

Paul would never be one to leave the message of God ‘sitting on his shelf’ at home. He internalized it! He made it a part of who he was! The word of God defined him.

I ask again, “what is the Bible to you?” Is it just a book that you allow to sit on your shelf gathering dust or a book that you can’t but talk about, and study?

Paul made the gospel his own. He loved the message of God so much that he couldn’t help but speak about it. Let us be a people who love the words of God so much that we cannot help but study it and tell others about it. Don’t let the Bible be a dust-gathering book. Let it be a part of you so that you too can call the gospel of God “my gospel.”

-Jack D.


One Response to Making It Personal

  1. Reblogged this on Simple Switch and commented:
    Consider the simple switch…from passive to personal.

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