Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
That passage form Titus 2:11-12 says it all. We as Christians have the choice to live in a righteous way, rejecting and rebuking all things ungodly. We have the choice, and the choice is ours. For me the choice is obviously one in which to please God, and to know His Word thereby we get to know Him.
However, it is interesting how many people don’t really know any passages in the Bible. Actually, that is a poor choice of words. I will say it in a more direct way, so forgive my candor. “It is truly a travesty how many people don’t know God or His word.”
Case in point. My sister hosted a gathering of people from her church, and during such time a game was played, “how many Bible verses do you know?” Would you believe this next comment, “barely anyone there knew more than two verses from God’s Word!”
Now when my sister told me this I wasn’t completely surprised but I was very saddened to hear it openly told. Now, I’m not here to condemn or judge in this article I’m writing. However, I do wish to point out that the majority of these individuals couldn’t go farther than two or five verses from the Bible, even after attending church a good portion of their lives. I had to reconcile with the bold fact that most individuals attend church for many reasons, but the vast majority seems to stem out of an obligatory practice. Or some robotic practice they fulfill on a weekly basis, and nothing more.
This was solidified by my sister’s comments, who is extremely active in her church and a big part of the community she serves. She was equally disappointed and dismayed at the lack of knowledge they had of the Bible and the Word of God. She offered to do a weekly Bible study to those who wanted to get into the roots and trenches of the Word. She put out a “sign-up” sheet for those who wished to attend. I am delighted to say that most people there signed up! That made me equally pleased as my sister to learn about their eagerness in getting into the Word more.
The thing is most people seem to respond with, “I’m a good person, God loves me, I don’t have to really know His Bible to get to heaven.” Well, this may be true to a certain degree. But when it comes down to not knowing “Jesus” they’re not going anywhere! And the laws and ways of Christ. I get so confused at to why anyone wouldn’t want to know about someone who died for us! Someone that loves us that much! And someone that who will never let us down.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
A careless disregard to the facts of who Jesus is can lead those unknowing and disinterested individuals straight to hell. And that is exactly what the enemy would love to accomplish. God gives us so many opportunities and is standing with open arms inviting us to partake of His Kingdom, and to be seated at His table and sup with Him for Eternity, and yet so many refuse the RSVP! So many throughout the reservation to be in attendance with the KING!
Isn’t He worth the time and effort to read His Word? Isn’t He worth the time and effort to please Him and get acquainted with Him? Not to mention the countless rewards that come from knowing Him and the assurance of a safety net that is within our reach, should we need it. Isn’t that comforting and reason to accept His invitation?
What will you do with the LORD’s personal RSVP to you, this very day? Will you answer it? Or will it be discarded? It’s up to you.
“Dear Father, thank You for Your invitation to be a part of Your Kingdom, and for Your love, I accepted you in childhood, and as an adult, I will serve You willingly forever, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”