Written by Sam Lisak
As a young kid, I always thought that being a pastor would be one of the hardest jobs. Obviously being a pastor is no easy task with all the work that goes into tending to a congregation, but the thing I always thought would be the hardest would be writing sermons, because at some point, you would have used up the whole Bible. As a child, I was very naive in thinking that at some point in my life, I would have read the whole Bible, and in my mind have remembered and retained everything to the point that I wouldn’t need to put in any more work spiritually. Needless to say I was very wrong. There are countless life lessons or examples which we can relate to our own lives that we can draw from the Bible.
However this attitude that we’ve heard it all and seen it all before is something that is difficult to ignore, especially as a young Christian. It becomes easy to think that since I’ve gone to church for the past 20 years, and have gone to a Christian school where we heard Bible lessons daily for the past 15, and I went to Sunday School for a good 10, how could I not have heard and learned everything I needed to in that time?
Sadly it’s our sinful nature that wants to make us believe that we’ve heard all we need from God. We look at all the other things we have going on in our lives and tell ourselves that we’re too busy to set some time aside for personal Bible readings, staying for Bible Class at church, or gathering with other Christians our age to worship together. It can become very easy to replace our time with God with something else when we put it in the perspective that we’re just rehearing something we’ve already heard before. This is very unhealthy for our faith.
We can look at what God says in Romans 10:17, “so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” If we are actively neglecting hearing God’s Word, then we are in turn neglecting our faith. Rather, we should be eager in hearing and learning God’s Word. Instead of glossing over familiar sections of Scripture, we should read them as we would the rest.
For me personally I always did this during Lent. It became a habit to hear the same sections talking about Judas betraying Jesus, Jesus before the Council, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Of all the parts of the Bible that someone could be repetitive about, this is the worst one they could do it with. The story is incredible. To think of all the pain and suffering that Jesus went through so that we could have eternal life is truly remarkable. We have been forgiven and are no longer slaves to our sin.
With this forgiveness in mind, we can be eager to hear more about God’s Word and study it with our fellow believers. When we feel as if we are becoming lazy in our approach to God’s Word and not making time for it, we can pray for God to give us the strength to overcome our laziness. 1 Peter 5:7, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
In my life I definitely have not heard every part of the Bible, and I haven’t even come close to remembering or understanding all of it. Let us never act like we’ve read, heard, or understood everything God has to offer, but rather, let us be joyful in continually hearing His Word.